At their very best

Durham City 7 Morpeth 12 North One East

MORPETH came up with possibly their best display of the season with a hard-fought but very much deserved victory against a strong City side, writes Tom Green.

The game was moved from the Hollow Drift site to Maiden Castle due to the extremely wet conditions.

But the pitch, although obviously heavy, was perfectly playable.

Morpeth handed a debut to scrum-half Mutch and the youngster did not disappoint with a gutsy display.

The Mitford Road side also welcomed back Rory Morrison at number eight, who put some control into the back row.

The visitors took the game straight to Durham with some excellent link play between backs and forwards.

Both sides missed penalty chances before the interval and Morpeth crossed the line but, with the referee unsighted, the score was disallowed.

The second half saw Morpeth play slightly uphill, but they were not to be denied and only frantic Durham defending prevented a score.

It came to the reliable left foot of Matty Jinks, who kicked four penalties in the difficult conditions, to secure the excellent win.

There was a late converted try for Durham but Morpeth comfortably held on.