Bad start is very costly

Forsythe goes on a run for Morpeth. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.

Forsythe goes on a run for Morpeth. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON.

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Morpeth 24 Driffield 38 North One East

THE crowd at Mitford Road enjoyed an exciting and entertaining encounter that was finally settled with the last play of the game.

It was fittingly a try that showed the difference between the two sides when a break in midfield followed by an excellent off-load allowed the Driffield fly-half to touch down under the posts and leave the home side deep in relegation trouble.

The visitors started the game the better, with a verve that sadly could not be matched by the hosts. Two early converted tries and a penalty saw the east Yorkshiremen race away to a 17-0 lead.

Yet this Morpeth side, as it has done all year, lacks nothing in spirit and from an attacking line-out, Dickinson burrowed over for a try.

Then flanker Craigs showed good hands for left-wing Lynn to crash over for another home score.

Driffield hit back on 30 minutes with a try of their own to make it 12-24.

There then followed a period of intense home pressure where Morpeth were unable to add to their tally, and this proved to be crucial.

The first second-half score was always going to be key and Driffield increased their lead with another converted try.

The hosts did not let their heads drop and another Lynn break saw Thornton go over. Things then got really exciting when a Hornby score and Brown conversion made it 24-31.

Yet it was not to be and the final score for Driffield sealed the victory for what ultimately was the better side on the day.

Hornby, Thornton and Craigs all showed up well, with Lynn being a constant threat with ball in hand, but this young Morpeth outfit now have a tough task to avoid the drop.