Decent away win for youngsters

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Gateshead U15s 22 Morpeth U15s 29

MORPETH RFC U15s have set themselves up for a much-anticipated cup clash with Novos this Sunday following a well-earned victory over a good Gateshead side.

Opening and closing tries from big second row Joe Turnbull put the seal on a fine display by the Mitford Road youngsters in slippery and cold conditions at Gateshead.

There was plenty to impress the travelling supporters from the Morpeth side who had several players missing and others playing out of position.

Well marshalled by captain and stand-in fly-half Will Allen, they did enough of the basics right – in particular, strong tackling and sensible kicking for position, to take the points despite a late rally by Gateshead, led by their back row.

Graeme Milne, Johnny Waters and George Devereux-Tinley all went over for tries to keep the Morpeth score ticking over and ensure the Mitford Road side never went behind after conceding an early lead.

Turnbull’s second try followed a wonderful kick-and-chase, which Allen gathered before setting up the powerful second row, who was unstoppable from 10 metres out.

Jacob Crooks converted while Jake Stephenson had slotted home earlier in the match to add his name to the two-conversion tally.

• Morpeth is hosting the Northumberland Under 18s v Durham Under 18s fixture on Sunday, with local boys Brown, Denton and Rees representing their county. Kick-off is 2pm.

The Morpeth Colts side are back in league action at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday – kick-off is 2.15pm.

A report of their County Cup success against Percy Park Colts will be in next week’s edition.