Morpeth 28 Malton and Norton 13 North One East
SATURDAY was Morpeth Rugby Club at its very best.
There was a brimming clubhouse, including past players of numerous generations, and they enjoyed a fine home victory in a full-bodied encounter played in decent conditions.
After Brown pushed wide an early penalty chance for Morpeth, Malton took the lead when a penalty kick hit the post and went over.
But the hosts responded well and dominance at an attacking scrum enabled Forsythe to rumble over.
Brown added the conversion to make it 7-3 after 30 minutes.
The visitors reduced the deficit with another penalty, but Jinks maintained the four-point gap with an excellent effort from 40 metres.
Into the second half and Malton immediately took the initiative with an early converted try (10-13).
But back came Morpeth and Defty went on a storming run to create a penalty chance for Jinks, which he kicked over to level the scores.
The hosts then started to put the pressure on the visitors, with centre Thornton and full-back Hornby prominent in their attacks.
They were rewarded when Hornby made a good run before Jinks muscled through the first tackle and with a superbly-timed pass inside sent Phillips racing over for a cracking try (18-13).
The lead was increased further with a Jinks penalty and after Malton missed two penalty chances, Morpeth sealed the victory when Menzies drove over from close range after a series of attacking scrums.
Jinks slotted over the conversion to make the final score 28-13.
Off the field, the past players’ event was a tremendous success, with credit going to Dave Crawford, Dick Dungait and Paul Thornton.