U14s crash to first defeat

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MORPETH RFC U14s’ unbeaten start to the season came crashing down around their bootlaces as they received a lesson in playing hard rugby from visitors Percy Park.

There was little to commend in the Mitford Road youngsters’ performance, losing 64-12 to a well-organised, attacking and determined Park team.

Morpeth never really got out of the starting blocks and were on the back foot for most of the match as their opponents ran in 10 tries. Basic errors and poor tackling were signature marks of an abject Morpeth performance that’s probably best forgotten as the team look ahead to Novocastrians away next Sunday.

The only highlight for Morpeth came late in the game when centre Cormac Lunn weaved his way over from a rare sally into the opposition 22-metre area.

This was followed in the dying moments by Graham Milne crashing over following a late surge from the Morpeth forwards.

Fly-half Sam Eyres kicked one conversion.