Disappointment for Morpeth in loss to promotion rivals
Penrith 34-14 Morpeth RFC
Morpeth travelled over to Cumbria to take on fellow promotion candidates Penrith in a top of the table clash. Yet Morpeth sadly didn’t deliver and the best side won on the day.
After leaving a soggy and bleak Northumberland, Morpeth found an excellent playing surface awaiting them as they arrived in Cumbria.
Penrith immediately took the game to Morpeth and it was only with stout defence that the visitors kept the scores level. It seemed only a matter of time before Penrith took the lead, which they did on 15 minutes when a poor kicking option allowed a counter attack and a Penrith try under the posts. 7-0
Morpeth hit back with a try of their own. An excellent attacking line out move, saw first flanker Robinson and then Craigs make important inroads, before involving Ward and Sam Hornby with Robinson again on hand to score. Ben Hornby adding the conversion. 7-7 on 20 minutes.
Penrith again took the upper hand with backs and forwards combining. After 30 minutes they increased their lead with a converted try by the posts after constant pressure. 14-7.
It was at this point in the game that Morpeth found it increasingly difficult to field 15 men on the field due to sinbins and other digressions. Another sin bin and penalty made the deserved halftime score 17-7 in Penrith’s favour.
Penrith increased their lead with a further penalty and took the game by the scruff of the neck with two further converted tries in sequence with more Morpeth sin-binnings.
It took an Elliott consolation try to reduce the deficit after a good kick and chase. Hornby adding the extras.