Durham City 7-17 Morpeth RFC
On a day of atrocious conditions Morpeth made the short journey down the A1 and recorded an excellent hard fought victory against a spirited Durham City side who caused problems throughout with their ambitious brand of rugby.
The importance of this victory will only be known at the end of the season in this highly competitive league.
The match was played in heavy rain throughout on what must be said was otherwise an excellent playing surface.
Morpeth scored almost from the kick off when from a pressurised scrum won against the head Hornby kicked through for Ward to gather and score wide out to make it 5-0 after five minutes.
The conditions dictated that half backs would significantly influence the game,and when City were able to gain good field position an attacking lineout,followed by a free kick and some poor defending allowed them an equalising try which was converted to make the score 7-5 after 20 minutes.
A further Hornby penalty following a high tackle offence gave Morpeth an 8-7 half time lead.
The Morpeth front five had the better of forward encounters,with Carmichael and Moody to the fore.This continued in the second half when Hornby began to run the game as the rain kept pouring down on an encounter that despite the conditions was surprisingly open.
City remained a constant threat particularly with their strong running midfield.
Yet it was from forward pressure with Craigs and Williams making good inroads that Hornby was able to dictate play from fly half ,and with three successful second half penalties he put the game out of sight .
City contributed fully to a highly competitive game in atrocious conditions in a match that Morpeth deserved to win through dogged defence and better. decision making.