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Alnwick 17 Morpeth 0 North One East

ALNWICK completely outplayed Morpeth and thoroughly deserved their victory in this league encounter and not even the most ardent Morpeth supporter could disagree.

It was a cold and windy afternoon for the match on an excellent playing surface.

The wind had a significant impact on the match, blowing almost directly across the pitch.

Despite the weather, there was a good crowd which was appropriate in seeing these two closest of rivals meeting once again in the same league.

The first 10 minutes or so saw both teams trying each other out with both sides missing kickable penalties – the cross-wind being the worst conditions a place-kicker can face.

Yet the home side looked far more dangerous with the ball in hand, with Morpeth culpable of missing tackles, and Alnwick’s backs took advantage and scored two first-half tries. One was converted.

In fairness, during the first half, Morpeth probably had more of the territory and certainly possession, but the home defence stood firm and Morpeth never looked like scoring tries.

Alnwick went into the interval with their 12-0 lead in tact.

The second half became a turgid affair with the wind strengthening together with Alnwick’s grip on the game as they dominated possession and territory.

Morpeth ran out of ideas and ended the match a well-beaten side.

A further try gave Alnwick this well-deserved victory and excellent win.