First North-East derby this weekend ends in home win

Alnwick v Morpeth
Alnwick v Morpeth

Alnwick won back the Brett Horse Trophy today as they ran out 17-8 winners over neighbours Morpeth in North One East.

It is the first time the Northumbrian sides have played each other in the league since April 2014, when Morpeth defeated Alnwick by 18 points to 17. Earlier in that campaign – which ultimately saw Morpeth relegated from North One East before bouncing straight back for this season – Alnwick romped to a 17-0 home victory.

A 10-10 draw last Christmas last meant it had been a long wait for Alnwick's chance to snatch back the coveted trophy, but they made it count at Greensfield this afternoon.

The hosts' fifth victory of the season came about thanks to tries from Todd, who skipped from the 10-metre line off the back of a good scrum, and Moralee, following sustained pressure in the Morpeth 22.

Both sides went into the clash on the back of decent results last Saturday against high-flying teams above them in the table and sitting in the top three. Alnwick, inspired by the place-kicking of James Bird and a fine try touched down by Peter Moralee, defeated West Hartlepool by 19 points to 13. Morpeth, meanwhile, battled to a 15-15 draw against unbeaten Morley, relegated from National League Three Northern Division last season.

It was a successful day for the home side as the Colts began the afternoon by beating their Morpeth rivals 8-6 to win the Stratstone Cup.