Morley 31 Morpeth 0 North One East
AFTER all the Christmas celebrations and games over the festive season including both the annual Snitter v Sheepwash, Boxing Day clash of the Titans and the hard-fought derby match against Alnwick, it was back down to earth for a Morpeth side who yet again went on another visit to Yorkshire where they faced an ebullient Morley outfit who are riding high in third place in the league.
It was also an increasingly young side with further injuries and unavailable personnel impacting on what has so far been a very encouraging season.
This was particularly true of a back line where both Phillips and Cunningham were absent.
The first half saw Morpeth’s pack causing the opposition some problems but the home backs continually causing problems for the Mitford Road side.
A score of 7-0 at half-time to Morley could have been greater had it not been for some mistimed passes which could easily have seen the lead be increased.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with the Morley back division causing repeated problems for the visitors who hung on and gave their all but the second-half scores put the home side out of sight for a well-deserved win against a Morpeth outfit who played with great resolve and were never found lacking for effort and endeavour.
The coming weeks see Morpeth at home to Cleckheaton, away to Durham and home to Darlington.
As the injuries and unavailability issues lessen, it is an opportunity to move further up the league, albeit these are all hard encounters with every side capable of beating each other on the day.