Injuries can’t stop Morpeth

Old Crossleyans 3 Morpeth 13 North One East

A COMMITTED display enabled Morpeth to record an excellent away victory in Yorkshire on Saturday.

The Mitford Road men travelled to Old Crossleyans for a re-arranged fixture, which was postponed from the previous week due to heavy snow in the Halifax area.

Due to unavailability, for a variety of reasons, there were no fewer than seven changes to the squad that beat Sheffield in the last game.

Sadly, one of those coming into the team, full-back and pace man Lynas Francis, broke his lower leg after just 20 minutes after twisting in a tackle.

There was no score before half-time, although the visitors lost 18-year-old flanker Craig Donnelly with a suspected broken collar bone.

But things got much better in the second half and James Phillips kicked a penalty to give Morpeth a 3-0 lead, which was soon cancelled out by a Crossleyans penalty.

The key moment of the match came when Morpeth had an attacking line-out. Dawson won it and then the away side mauled over, with James Armstrong getting the touch-down.

Phillips converted the try (3-10) and he then slotted over a penalty to seal the victory.