Momentum lost

Old Brodleians 27 Morpeth 10 North One East

MORPETH competed well for most of the match but ran out of steam in the second half and fell to an away defeat, writes Tom Green.

The side were in good heart for the trip down to West Yorkshire and they were on top in the early part of the game, with the forwards in particular continuing their excellent recent form.

The away side also had use of the noticeable Brods slope in the first 40 minutes.

Their domination was rewarded when centre Mooney put left-wing Wetherspoon in the clear to race over for a try. This score came in the seventh minute and was converted by Jinks.

The fly-half then missed another opportunity before extending the lead to 10 points when he kicked a 17th minute penalty.

This led to a concerted fightback by the home side who scored two tries, one being converted to give Old Brodleians a 12-10 lead.

There was no respite for the Mitford Road outfit, who were unable to mount a challenge in the second half when they came under further pressure from Brods, whose own driving line-outs became difficult to handle.

Two further tries and a penalty saw the hosts pull clear and snatch a bonus point.