Big away win sets up side for play-off game

Action from Consett RFC v Morpeth RFC on Saturday. Picture by Lisa Watson.
Action from Consett RFC v Morpeth RFC on Saturday. Picture by Lisa Watson.
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Consett 13 Morpeth 46 Durham and Northumberland, Division One

Morpeth duly rounded up their league campaign, prior to next weeks play-off with a good away win to a competitive Consett side who battled hard on a very firm surface.

It was a breezy afternoon which saw the first encounters to be really evenly matched with neither side taking advantage, albeit Consett missed a penalty chance after 15 minutes.

Then Morpeth took the initiative, from an attacking scrum, Armstrong made ground before Hill drove over.

Then on 30 minutes Consett hit back with a penalty after good pressure to make it 5-3.

Morpeth then got into stride with a Thornton score, after decoy runners, and delivery by Birch allowed the centre to steam over, a score which Brown converted.

Again, Consett hit back with a penalty before Manley brought the half to a fitting end, Elliott took a quick penalty and breaking well to make the interval score 17-6 in Morpeth’s favour.

The second half started well for the visitors when Turner, who performed intelligently throughout, took a high ball, beat tacklers and handed over to Thornton to race over by the posts. Brown added the extras.

Then Brown went over from an attacking line-out, making the score 29-6.

Further tries by Denton and Manley were interposed by a Consett try, as the game slipped towards an inevitable conclusion, albeit Morpeth suffered with two sin binnings.

It was no surprise that Hill ended the proceedings with the final score making it a 46-13 victory.

It is next week’s play-off game for promotion which will end Morpeth’s season against Malton & Norton coinciding with the now annual Beer Festival.

The day also saw the anniversary of the club’s finest achievement in reaching the semi-final of the National knock-out Cup during the 1970s.

This was recognised by attendance of all available former players at the Consett game, followed by a club house meal back at Morpeth, with all recorded memorabilia being made available for everyone concerned.

An appropriate tribute to one of Morpeth’s most outstanding sporting achievements, which in today’s professional era will never be repeated.