Rochdale 23 Morpeth 10 North One East
MORPETH made the long journey to high-flying Rochdale with some crucial changes following their important victory over Malton and Norton.
Unfortunately, they came away empty handed as the enterprising home side ran out winners.
With a completely revamped back row it was always going to be a difficult task and with a stiff breeze blowing, the visitors spent the first 10 minutes carrying out some stout defending.
Rochdale missed an early penalty but had the first points on the board when a try from their left winger was followed by a successful penalty.
Morpeth showed great spirit and from an attacking line-out they drove forward and Craigs touched down to reduce the deficit after 30 minutes.
But the hosts responded well and they increased their lead with a converted try to make the half time score 15-5.
Despite a decent opening to the second half, Rochdale went further ahead with an unconverted score and a penalty.
Yet the away side stuck to their task and Hornby scored a try after the home side had a player sin binned to make it 23-10 at full time.
On Saturday, Morpeth will travel to a side that is also threatened with relegation from North One East, Middlesbrough, for a crucial encounter.