Club’s good season vision gets funding boost

Coach Dave Chattaway (centre) with Michael Chattaway (left) and Theo Gavanagh from Morpeth RFC U15s, who are being sponsored this season by Specsavers.
Coach Dave Chattaway (centre) with Michael Chattaway (left) and Theo Gavanagh from Morpeth RFC U15s, who are being sponsored this season by Specsavers.

AN ambitious junior rugby team has eyes on another successful season after securing new sponsorship from a local optician.

The Morpeth branch of Specsavers has agreed a deal that has provided much-needed funding for Morpeth Rugby Club’s U15s side as they aim to go one better than last season and win the County Cup final.

The move sees the firm become the main shirt sponsors of the team to ensure that they are fully kitted out in a new strip ahead of another campaign of junior rugby against teams from across Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and Tyneside.

Dave Chattaway, Morpeth U15s head coach, said: “The boys are really looking forward to the new season, so to have some smart new kit is a great start.

“We are very grateful to Ross Jennings at Specsavers, who has chosen us again for sponsorship. We will be doing all we can to have a successful season and build on the relationship that started last season with support for the Holland Easter tour.”

Ross Jennings, director at Specsavers, said: “I’m so pleased to join forces once again with Morpeth RFC and contribute to the success of this team.

“This is a great opportunity to support grassroots rugby in Morpeth and wider Northumberland, while raising awareness of our company and activities in the local community.”

Meanwhile, the team got the new season underway with a thumping 56-7 away win against Alnwick.

The visitors went ahead within five minutes through a well-taken tap-and-go move, which saw winger Isaac Hall go over in the corner.

This was followed by some silky back play which led to further tries from centre Ewan Kirk, fly-half Sam Eyres – jinking and dummying his way over from 22 metres – outside centre Josh White (two), scrum-half Jake Stephenson and winger George Ainsley to put Morpeth totally in command at half-time.

In the second half, White completed his hat-trick of tries and Stephenson grabbed his second try before Will Allen, who threatened throughout the game, scored after a powerful run.

Eyres, two, and Crooks added conversions.