Morpeth 69 Darlington 0 Durham and Northumberland, Division One
Morpeth saw themselves march on relentlessly to the play-off position in the table with a more than comprehensive victory against a Darlington side that contributed fully to an enterprising encounter at Mitford Road on Saturday.
On a windswept afternoon, the hosts, playing against the wind in the first half, took the lead against the run of play when right-wing Manley raced over after a Defty break.
Then the floodgates began to open with Turner, who, with his footballing skill, was enjoying a free rein and popping up everywhere, going over from a Manley run. Brown added the extras.
Scrum-half Elliott then scored from close range after a Thornton break, making it 17-0 after 20 minutes.
Turner, again, turned up to finish clinically another free-flowing move, with Brown converting.
The half finished with full-back Jonas breaking through before handing over to Manley for another touchdown.
Morpeth were playing the game at pace, with the visitors struggling to contain their opponents. Hill and Thornton both went over following the break, with Brown converting one score.
Denton, then Brown with a skilful, solo, side-stepping effort, both scored excellent tries, with teenage replacement Ball converting.
Denton then showed both support and strength to complete the rout with two further tries, again both converted by the impressive Ball.
Morpeth are playing with both confidence and flair.
While this is early days, there are several young players coming up to the mark and showing excellent potential, many of whom were on today’s scoresheet.
This is a tribute to and recognition of the Morpeth mini, junior and colts sections, which have overseen and supported this development.
The game sponsored by the Pool Table Gang saw the presentation of the players’ player-of-the-year award to James Defty and other player-of-the-year awards were as follows: Reivers: John Walton; Edwardians: Rich Robinson; Stags: Mark Davison.