Darlington 7 Morpeth 40 North One East
MORPETH continued their winning ways with this victory against basement team Darlington.
This was another bonus-point win and gained a considerable leap up the league table, leaving the Mitford Road outfit currently in eighth place, yet it proved a hard-fought win.
The first 20 minutes saw Morpeth under great pressure in the forwards and they had considerable difficulty in winning their set plays, a problem that had not appeared so far this season. Had it not been for excellent defensive work, Morpeth could easily have gone behind.
However, Morpeth hit back against the run of play when the home side lost the ball in midfield, allowing Wilkinson to pick up and, with good handling, Lynnas scored with Phillips adding the extras.
The set play continued to be totally unreliable, however, when Mooney took a quick tap-penalty, Dawson had an opportunity to put Turner in, however the pass went missing but a penalty was awarded and Phillips took the score to 10-0 at half-time.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Morpeth defending well against the home side, whose forward pressure saw them winning the lion’s share of the ball. A further Phillips penalty saw the visiting side increase their lead to 10 points.
The last 20 minutes saw Morpeth turn on the pressure, with a now dominant scrum and they scored an excellent counter-attacking try from deep in their own 22-metre area. Turner made good ground, while Lynnas, Lynn and Phillips all made important contributions before Armstrong crashed over for his second try in as many weeks.
Then Wilkinson also added another straight from kick-off after Henry made some important yards. Henry got on the scoresheet with a try of his own as Morpeth assumed total control of the game, with both Hills and Dawson adding further scores.
Saturday sees Morpeth’s closest rivals Northern attend Mitford Road for what is an eagerly-anticipated encounter.