Morpeth’s season kicks off with County Cup encounter

DESPITE a summer which can only be described as ‘damp’, Morpeth Rugby Club kick off the new season with a County Cup game on Saturday at home to Gosforth with a 3pm start.

The County Cup takes on a new format with the first round being played on the Saturday immediately prior to the new season in order to avoid fixture congestion and a certain growing lethargy to the competition.

While this might cause problems to some, the Mitford Road side are well into their pre-season as they have been in training over the last two months – with guidance coming from Michael Dungait, Andy Buist and Bill Hewitt.

This season’s captain is Paul Mooney and his appointment is well deserved.

The former England Colt, Tynedale and Otley centre began his career at Morpeth, coming under the wing of club stalwart Jimmy Pringle in his early career, before moving ever onward and upward.

It is a very fitting accolade that he assumes the role of club captain.

The league campaign follows the week after with a home fixture against Malton and Norton.

The league, as ever, will be highly competitive with all teams capable of beating each other on any given day.

The first game epitomises this and Morpeth will have to be at their best to secure the points.