Storming start

Paul Mooney dives in for Morpeth's first try in their 28-13 victory against local rivals Percy Park. Photograph by Chris Lishman.
Paul Mooney dives in for Morpeth's first try in their 28-13 victory against local rivals Percy Park. Photograph by Chris Lishman.

Morpeth 28 Percy Park 13 North One East

MORPETH continued their excellent start to the league campaign against one of last year’s top performing sides.

There was a sense of anticipation around Mitford Road as the two teams made their way onto the field and while it was Park who initially made headway, the hosts came back and won a penalty.

Jinks squandered the opportunity, which the home side paid for as the visitors successfully kicked a penalty of their own to take the lead.

But Morpeth then hit back with an excellent try.

Wilkinson was tackled in the corner and from the ensuing attacking line-out, good handling by both Phillips and Hornby saw centre Mooney crash over, with Jinks adding the points.

Both sides kicked penalties and then the key moment of the match arrived in first-half injury-time.

A probing Jinks kick ahead was gathered by Armstrong and he passed the ball to the on-rushing Jinks, who raced over for a try, which he duly converted to make the half-time score 17-6.

The second half was only minutes old when this lead was further increased.

Stephenson picked up from the scrum and another Jinks kick ahead saw him dive over for his brace in the unaccustomed position of scrum-half.

While he failed with this conversion, he kicked two further penalties to take the home side into a 28-6 lead.

The visitors did get a consolation converted try, but this did nothing to stop Morpeth’s jubilation as they celebrated two wins in a row.