Team in good shape for upcoming season

MORPETH continued their preparations for the new season with a warm-up game against Tynedale Raiders.

The game started in sultry conditions but ended in almost monsoon weather as the Mitford Road outfit signed off with a good win.

There was much to cheer about Morpeth’s win, albeit a game of 3x30 minute periods which enabled rolling subs as both coaches tried out different formations. Although the result was secondary, Morpeth deservedly won 19-12.

Tries were scored from various positions, both from loose play as well as a driving line-out, as backs and forwards combined.

What was more important was how the side was shaping up for the coming season and things look very promising.

Forsythe was always to the fore and Defty was very sharp in the back row. Although skipper Rory Morrison was missing, vice captain Carmichael played with authority.

Last season’s Colts captain Alex Tait played on the wing and showed composure, which gives promise to what will inevitably be a highly competitive league programme.

The forwards look to be the strength of the side. However, with Hornby and Phillips in the backs, Morpeth should carry a threat, particularly if Jinks can recover from last season’s injury.

A lot of last season’s County Cup-winning Colts will feature this season for the first team, which is hugely important, and it is good to see a number of Morpeth lads returning to the club, including Cameron Curry, David Dickinson and Jonny Stephenson.

So it is wishing new skipper Morrison – a product of the mini junior section – every success in his new role.

Morpeth play local rivals Alnwick away on Saturday in the quarter final of the County Cup (3pm kick-off) before entertaining Yorkshiremen Wheatley Hills back at Mitford Road the week after (September 7).

The next home match is against Huddersfield YMCA on Saturday, September 21.