TEAM NORTHUMBRIA 3
Morpeth made it to the Northumberland Senior Cup final after a hard-fought game against Team Northumbria played in very difficult conditions.
Morpeth fielded a very young back line, but ultimately it was the pack that proved the decisive factor as weather conditions took full sway on a windswept and muddy Mitford Road pitch.
The home team kicked off facing the elements and were indebted to the hard-running Tim Michie, who made good inroads, supported by Mikey Craigs carving out constant headway against a student side defending stoutly.
The home side dominated the early encounters in terms of possession, but it was not proving productive in terms of points or actual territory gained.
While it may have been against the run of play, Northumbria took the lead on 18 minutes when, after missing an earlier penalty chance, they converted another opportunity to make the score 3-0.
Morpeth then took hold of the game. When a penalty kick to touch was knocked on, an attacking five-metre scrum saw Tim Michie again showing composure and no little skill in controlling the ball and touching down from the base of the scrum.
The conversion unluckily hit the post, making it 5-3 to Morpeth, and that remained the half-time score.
The second half became even more difficult, with the driving rain and strong wind favoring the home side, who, through Elliott’s kicking at half-back, pushed Northumbria back into their own half, forcing them to play under pressure.
Tim Michie then again forced his way over for what was the decisive score from a pre-planned attacking line-out. Though Ball missed the conversion, he was on hand with a further penalty to secure the match for Morpeth.
While this was never a classic match, with the conditions having a great deal influence, it was another reflection of how far Morpeth have developed as a team.
Simon Michie put in a huge shift, making some crucial tackles and carries, which might well have gone unnoticed and unsung by many.
This weekend, it’s back to league action as Morpeth hopefully continue their current excellent form.