All beginning to click into place

MORPETH Rugby Club’s first XV captain believes his side is close to finding the right formula that will see them go on a winning run in the final few months of the season.

And Paul Mooney is looking forward to the Northumberland County Cup final in April when they take on Percy Park.

In the league (North One East), the Mitford Road men are currently in eighth position after winning seven games and losing nine.

Off the pitch, things are progressing nicely as the sevens tournament gets bigger each year and the club’s inaugural beer festival will be held in April.

Mooney said: “Pretty much all the teams in this league can beat each other on the day and we’ve had quite a few tight matches so far this season.

“Once again, we’ve been very competitive and we’re not far off fully clicking as a team and putting a set of good results together. It’s very unlikely that a rugby team goes through the season without picking up a few injuries and we’ve been hit during this campaign, but it has given us the chance to play some talented young players.

“Craig Donnelly, Alex Tait and Callum Duncan – who are still part of or have recently moved up from the Colts squad – have all made their first XV debuts this season and they acquitted themselves well.

“The county cup final against a team who are doing well in the league above us will be a good test and we will be able to see where we are in comparison.

“The events programme is going from strength to strength and hopefully it will lead to more people coming along to the bar and to support our teams.”

The captain got injured in the sixth game of the season and he admitted that he was unlikely to return before the end of the campaign.

Morpeth will be strong favourites if they return to action on Saturday as they will be facing bottom side Durham City.