First league defeat of season for Morpeth
Scarborough 22-17 Morpeth RFC
Morpeth made the long travel to newly promoted Scarborough and found themselves at the wrong end of a narrow defeat, their first league loss of the season.
Scarborough, with an excellent set, up have made an immediate impact in North East One and were worthy winners making the most of their opportunities whereas Morpeth’s performance stuttered.
Conditions were excellent, albeit breezy.
Morpeth started off well and were worthy leaders when on 27 minutes they ignored the opportunity of a potential three points and opted to kick for the corner where a catch and drive took play deep into the Scarborough 22m line.
The ball was spun wide before numerous phases took place before Boldy sped over to touch down before Ben Hornby added the extras. 7-0
Almost immediately Scarborough equalised with a converted try of their own on 29 minutes.
The home side increased their lead with two further tries one of which was converted to make the half time score 19-7 to Scarborough.
Morpeth unfortunately were guilty of not keeping the ball whilst in possession and also of crabbing across the field when the ball was moved wide.
Yet the visitors hit back on 48 minutes with a Jake McKay try after three phases, before the ball was moved wide.19-12 to Scarborough who increased their lead to 22 - 12 and took yet another chance with a three point penalty.
The game was still there for the taking as Sam Hornby received the ball and joined an attacking line out to score wide out wide out. However, Brother Ben was unable to convert either try as the wind stiffened.
All in all Scarborough took four out of the six chances offered and deserved their victory.
Scrum half Elliott put in a whole-hearted performance and for the most part there was dominance in the front row with Hill, Moody and Ben Sandal to the fore.
Man of the match : Jack Elliott.