Morpeth miss out in tight encounter

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Old Crossleyans 28 Morpeth 20 North One East

MORPETH travelled to Halifax in good heart after their impressive victory against Pocklington the week before.

However, in what was a close encounter, the Mitford Road outfit came away with nothing to show in a match which was ultimately winnable.

In grey, overcast, murky conditions, it was the home side who took the initiative by taking an early 10-point advantage that Morpeth never clawed back and the visitors were always chasing the game.

Two penalties from fly-half Brown in the 28th and 32nd minutes closed the gap to just four points, but a converted try to the home side made the score 17-6 at half-time.

There is nothing wrong with the spirit in Morpeth as Menzies rumbled over for an unconverted try to again put them in touch.

Two penalties, one for each team, kept the score board ticking over in this closely fought encounter and with the score 20-14 in the home side’s favour, it really was anyone’s game as the match went into the last quarter.

Morpeth’s fate was sealed when an attacking line-out was unproductive and the Old Crocs then scored a try, and although a further Brown penalty brought the sides closer it was not enough to secure a losing bonus or secure an unlikely victory.

This Saturday’s home game against local rivals Northern is yet another key match for this young Morpeth side.