Middlesbrough 17 Morpeth 8 North One East
MORPETH fell to defeat in this crucial relegation encounter and they can have no complaints as the ‘Boro’ thoroughly deserved their victory with a forward dominating display in a game where a strong wind made expansive rugby almost impossible.
Jinks immediately created some early pressure for the visitors, although it was not obvious that they had the advantage of the elements in the first 40 minutes.
It was the home side who settled first and they missed two penalty opportunities. Morpeth then found their feet and after an attacking line-out, Dickinson and Menzies both made ground and forced the home side to concede a penalty, which Jinks duly converted.
On 24 minutes, Morpeth scored an excellent try when Tait broke down the right. The ball was recycled well and Lynn crashed over in the corner to make it 8-0 at half-time as the conversion was missed and further attacking pressure was expertly defended by the hosts.
This lead proved to be not enough as the second half was almost continuous Boro pressure against some stalwart defence.
Despite Morpeth’s efforts, three tries and one conversion ensued, with the home side running out deserved winners.