Morpeth 30 Keighley 14 North One East
MORPETH romped to a bonus point victory against a spirited Keighley outfit fresh from an outstanding win the previous week.
This was an excellent performance from the Mitford Road men as they continued to cement their place within the league.
It also proved that when the going gets heavy, the Morpeth forwards can be a match for any unit.
From the start, the hosts took the game to the visitors and Phillips, who has generally proved to be a reliable replacement to Jinks in kicking terms, was wide with a couple of penalties inside the first 10 minutes.
Keighley then advanced down the field, with their backs causing problems to the Morpeth defence.
It was a decisive backs move which created an overlap and a converted try to give the away side the lead.
But the home side responded strongly and surged ahead with three excellent tries – none of which were converted.
Firstly Forsythe, who was the game’s outstanding forward, buried the chance from close range after good work down the short side by Lynnas and Turner.
Then from an excellent catch drive and rolling maul, a further five points were added by Forsythe.
Finally before the interval, a Hornby break sent Parkinson over – the winger never put a foot wrong all afternoon.
The second half saw the home side controlling the game as they opted to kick and chase down the opposition.
Another attacking line-out and drive saw the home side stretch to a 20-7 lead when Hill scored a try. Then with 10 minutes to go Hornby, with his now weekly interception, raced over from 45 metres.
Phillips converted this try and added a penalty to make the final score 30-14 as Keighley managed a score of their own late on.
This match was well supported by The Class of 1975 and the result was a fitting end to an excellent day.