Late try makes it a bonus point victory

Action from Morpeth v Guisborough at Mitford Road on Saturday. Picture by Lisa Watson.
Action from Morpeth v Guisborough at Mitford Road on Saturday. Picture by Lisa Watson.
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Morpeth 24 Guisborough 0 Durham and Northumberland Division One

Morpeth continued their unbeaten start to the season with a good victory at Mitford Road.

The result on Saturday does not tell the whole story as a the home side, whose pattern of play was disrupted through injuries, defended exceptionally well against a team that had a great deal of pressure. However, the visitors did not have a cutting edge.

Morpeth got off to a flying start when Armstrong buried over from close range after seven minutes, with Birch adding the extras.

Both sides then missed relatively easy penalties before Guisborough applied some pressure without really threatening the try line. Morpeth were unable to keep the ball in attacking situations in what was for the most part an error strewn 40 minutes.

But the hosts played better in the second half. They increased their lead with a Thornton effort after both forwards and backs combined. Birch was again on target (14-0)

Thornton again showed his footballing talent when a clever fly hack ahead allowed Hornby, who was bright throughout, to touch down for an unconverted try.

Morpeth began to play with confidence in the final stages of the game in pursuit of the bonus point and it came during the last play when Menzies went over after constant pressure.

The conversion was missed so the final score was 24-0.