On rampage

James Slater bursts through to set up Morpeth's crucial second half try. Picture by Chris Lishman.
James Slater bursts through to set up Morpeth's crucial second half try. Picture by Chris Lishman.

Northern 10 Morpeth 21 North One East and Northumberland County Cup Quarter-Final

MORPETH made the short journey south to take on their long-established rivals Northern in a double header, writes Tom Green.

A large contingent of away supporters were in attendance at McCracken Park and they were not disappointed as Morpeth’s recent surge of excellent form continued with another fine win.

The forwards were totally dominant with Duggan to the fore, ably supported by Mooney, first at flanker then at centre, and the early pressure told when fly-half Jinks notched eight points.

His try came after a Mooney surge and he calmly kicked a penalty to make it 8-0. It was surprising at this stage that Morpeth were not further ahead as the pressure was not reflected in the points and it was Northern who finished the half on the offensive and were unlucky not to score themselves.

But the visitors survived early pressure in the second half, with young wingers Halliday and Craigs tackling with vim and vigour.

And Morpeth took advantage of their attacking play when Craigs crashed over from a quickly-taken penalty by scrum-half Mutch.

Jinks converted and then kicked two further penalties to put Morpeth out of sight, despite the fact that Northern had scored a try of their own. The hosts also added a further try almost on time.