Morpeth 6 West Hartlepool 10 North One East
MORPETH continued their poor run of form with a close-run defeat against West, who in the end deservedly ran out winners.
This was, however, a far better performance than last week and the game was in the balance until the very end of the match.
It was played in mild conditions, albeit with a strong difficult wind neither with or against either side.
The home side started brightly with backs and forwards combining to give Jinks a penalty chance, which he duly converted after five minutes. West had a similar opportunity after 12 minutes but failed to convert.
The remainder of the half was played almost totally around the half-way mark, with neither side making any significant impact.
The second half saw the hosts giving away too many penalties. This allowed the visitors to up their game and they were able to keep the ball effectively, frustrating Morpeth’s efforts.
After constant pressure, West scored a deserved try and with a conversion missed, it gave them a 5-3 lead. Ironically, shortly before that, Morpeth squandered the opportunity of three points when they went for a short penalty move.
West continued to apply pressure and it was no surprise when they increased their lead with a further unconverted try.
Jinks kicked over another penalty for the home side, but they could not achieve a comeback victory and they will be hoping to reverse their slide when the league fixtures resume in the New Year.