Cleckheaton 39 Morpeth 17 North One East
MORPETH made the trip to Yorkshire still without injured captain Paul Mooney and went down in an encounter that gained the home side a bonus point victory.
The game was marred by what appeared to be a serious injury to scrum half Matty Jinks, which caused considerable delay to the proceedings while the correct medical attention was provided.
Although the player was detained in hospital overnight, it appears that the injury is thankfully not as severe as first thought.
The hosts took the lead with a penalty in the fifth minute and then never looked back with three first-half tries, two of which were converted. The visitors’ only reply came from a Ben Hornby classic drop-goal.
Cleckheaton took the game away from Morpeth by scoring three early second-half tries, securing the bonus point in doing so.
Yet the Mitford Road men never gave up and were rewarded by scores from Tom Wilkinson and James Phillips, with Phillips and Hornby adding the extras by way of conversions.
It is proving a difficult start to the season for Morpeth with injuries to key players. But it is onward and upward as they prepare for a more than interesting two weeks with clashes against two other sides who have not had the best of starts – namely Durham and Darlington.