Morpeth 0 Morley 13 North One East
MORPETH’S hopes of victory were shot down in flames by Morley last weekend as a Spitfire and a Hurricane flew over on the way back from an airshow in Scotland.
They didn’t bomb out as badly as they did in the 77-3 blitzing they suffered at Beverley the week before, but they never looked like being able to scramble a last-minute win.
The 0-13 result was Morley’s first away victory since April 2011, though the home side started well until against the run of play flying winger Simon Bradshaw touched down in the corner.
He was National North Division Three leading points-scorer last season, but failed to convert the try and was off-target after another blistering long-range run to score wide out.
But his penalty goal made it 13-0 at half-time.
It was a baptism of fire for last year’s colt Ollie Tapscott in his first-team debut, but the youngster performed well in a pack missing injured captain Paul Mooney and the unavailable Liam Carmichael, Andrew Duggan and Joe Forsythe.
But the Morpeth backs had their hands full trying to contain the constant pressure from former Rugby League professional Tom Wall in the centre.
However, they did stop the visitors scoring in the second half thanks to the beefy defence of James Armstrong and the usual energetic tackling of James Defty.
Morpeth face another Yorkshire side at Cleckheaton on Saturday.