Drop looms large

Ben Sims runs with the ball for Morpeth against Carlisle. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Ben Sims runs with the ball for Morpeth against Carlisle. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth 9 Carlisle 13 North One East

MORPETH suffered a setback when they lost this hard-fought game against their Cumbrian rivals.

The club is hoping the postponements due to bad weather are over after two further call-offs at the end of last month.

While the fixtures look as if they will roll on to early May, this may prove crucial as the Mitford Road outfit seek to retain their league status.

On Saturday, Morpeth took to the field in the knowledge that they had suffered a 50-point trouncing when the two teams met earlier in the season and so they needed to keep their discipline.

Despite the late withdrawal of Stu Hills, it was a strong home side that took to the field, with Slater and Barry Hills forming the centre partnership.

It was a game that Morpeth had enough possession and chances to win, however all they had to show was three Jinks penalties and a losing bonus point.

The 3-3 half-time scoreline proved that it was going to be an even encounter and this remained the case in the second half. But Carlisle clinically took their chances and came out with the win.

Morpeth are at home again this Saturday when they take on Northern in the first of the re-arranged games from the poor weather.

This is an exceptionally important fixture, with both sides needing a win to ease relegation concerns.