Winning streak carries on at derby game

Morpeth RFC U14s Nathan Howey (left) and Joe Turnbull (right) show off the new look Energiekontor branding on the team shirt sleeves as part of the new sponsorship with the company. Looking on is coach Dave Chattaway.

Morpeth RFC U14s Nathan Howey (left) and Joe Turnbull (right) show off the new look Energiekontor branding on the team shirt sleeves as part of the new sponsorship with the company. Looking on is coach Dave Chattaway.

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MORPETH U14s rugby team maintained their winning start to the season with a 27–19 away victory against local rivals Alnwick last Sunday.

The visitors took control of the match early on and dominated through their strong pack of mobile forwards after second row Joe Turnbull put the Mitford Road youngsters ahead in the first 10 minutes.

Further tries followed from scrum-half Will Allen, hooker and captain Michael Chattaway and second row Graham Milne, who was playing out of position in the centre, after Alnwick fought their way back into the game with three tries and strong running from their backs.

However, the result was never in doubt as the match counted down towards full-time with strong tackling and try line pressure by Morpeth and a second Joe Turnbull score, following a storming individual run to the line, seeing Morpeth home for a well-deserved win.

Fly-half Sam Eyres added to the five-try count with one conversion.

l The team kicked off the season with a new-look kit following a sponsorship deal with a renewable energy company.

Energiekontor UK Ltd, which is planning to develop a windfarm at Fenrother, has agreed to become a sponsor in a deal that will provide much-needed funding for the team’s campaign and their first ever overseas rugby tour next Easter. Its logo appears on the arms of the players’ shirts.

The first wearing of the kit came in the U14s’ first game of the season – a 44-29 away win over Carlisle U14s.

Sam Dewar, project manager for Energiekontor, said: “We are pleased to join forces with Morpeth RFC and help the youngsters towards a successful season and overseas tour to Holland next year.

“This is a great opportunity to support grassroots rugby in Northumberland while raising awareness of our company and activities in the local community.”