Morpeth’s unbeaten run comes to an end in a hard-fought encounter

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Stockton 16 Morpeth 10 Durham and Northumberland Division One

Stockton thoroughly deserved this hard-fought win against a Morpeth side previously unbeaten in the league.

The match was played in windy conditions and, strangely, it was the side playing against the wind who dominated play.

Morpeth started the game strongly, kicking with the wind, with flanker Dawson going over out wide from a quickly taken penalty.

After 10 minutes, Morpeth left-wing Lynn came close with a bullocking run before the Stockton forwards really took the game to the visitors with their pick-and-drive tactic dominating possession.

Morpeth conceded two penalties in quick succession, which gave the home side a deserved 6-5 lead after 25 minutes.

There then followed possibly the best passage of play when the home side, through some excellent possession play, drove on for some 60 metres before touching down for a converted try, making the half-time score 13-5.

Stockton scored an early three points in the second half with a well-struck penalty after 50 minutes.

Then Morpeth staged a spirited fightback with an unconverted try from skipper Hill, following a good drive by the team.

Albeit Morpeth pressed hard for another score, Stockton held firm and were deserved victors at the final whistle.