Narrow win lifts Morpeth to fifth place in league

editorial image

DINNINGTON 15

MORPETH 19

Morpeth continued their excellent November with an outstanding result against the South Yorkshire outfit in the closest of encounters.

This win sees Morpeth undefeated so far this month defeating teams all whom started above them in terms of league position.

In all three games they have shown the necessary character and commitment required to secure victory.

Such is the structure of the league these results are so very crucial in their campaign and albeit they have rightly deserved this success the closeness of the matches could also have meant the points going the other way.

Morpeth travelled south with a much changed back line but the forwards almost intact.

Playing into a strong wind in the first half, Morpeth took an early lead after four minutes when full back Ball, after good handling, went over for a try, but he failed to convert, a great start for the visitors.

Dinnington hit back with a try of their own when from an attacking line out and driving maul from close in they touched down, only to be unlucky with a conversion that hit the post.

The 5-5 score-line remained the same to halftime.

Morpeth started the second half with the elements in their favour and it was that man Ball again who gave them the initiative with another try which he converted making it 12-5.

The game was reaching an exciting conclusion when another attacking Dinnington line out gave the home side another try 12-10 with just over 10 minutes to go.

They then took the lead on the 80th minute after constant pressure with another unconverted try to make it 15-12 to Dinnington.

Then deep into injury time an attacking Morpeth line-out saw a driving maul involving almost the whole of the team and rightly it was skipper Hill who emerged with the final touchdown before Ball addedthe conversion to lift Morpeth to fifth place in the league.