Big win against neighbouring side

Head coach Dave Chattaway (centre) who was impressed by Morpeth U15s first game - and victory - against Ashington.
Head coach Dave Chattaway (centre) who was impressed by Morpeth U15s first game - and victory - against Ashington.
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Ashington U15/16s 7 Morpeth U15s 48

Morpeth Rugby Club’s U15s coach Dave Chattaway is eyeing a winning run-in to the end of the season after his youngsters scored an impressive victory over local rivals Ashington.

The Mitford Road youngsters dominated a highly-entertaining match, which offered a chance for those who have not started many games this season such as Rioghan Bruce (wing), Sam Thompson (fly-half) and Patrick Smith (scrum-half), to be involved from the kick-off and make their mark.

Despite the foggy and slippery conditions, the visitors ran out 48-7 winners over a physically-imposing combined U15/16 Ashington side.

Morpeth were soon in charge after an opening score from inside-centre Jake Stevenson, who jinked his way through a lacklustre defence to score under the posts.

Flanker Lewis Nicholson then added a second try before Will Allen – again marshalling matters well from the base of the scrum – went on a solo run to go over for their third try.

Despite regularly reshuffling players and positions, Morpeth never looked like losing their first game against Ashington as further tries followed from centre Sam Eyres, winger Reece Jones and prop Jonnie Waters before Thompson claimed his first try of the season with a dash to the line after making an outside break that caught the home backs flat-footed.

Second-row Grahame Milne completed the try-fest with the eighth of the game, charging through some weak defence to crash over in the final few minutes.

Man-of-the-match Joe Ford had his best game of the season, while conversions from Thompson and Eyres rounded off a fine display.

After the game, coach Chattaway said: “The players put in a good performance and they thoroughly deserved the win.

“I was particularly pleased by those lads who don’t always get a start but nevertheless impressed with terrific commitment and enthusiasm to show why they are invaluable members of the squad.”