Middlesbrough 27 Morpeth 14 North One East
MORPETH travelled to Teesside in very good heart after two opening wins so far in their league campaign but they were derailed in a game they could have won, writes Tom Green.
Middlesbrough were relegated last season after two campaigns in the higher league and they outgunned a Morpeth side that were physically unable to match the threat posed by their opponents.
It was good day for rugby at the Acklam Park ground and despite early Boro pressure it was the visitors who took the lead with a Jinks penalty — he had missed an earlier chance just minutes before.
The hosts hit back immediately from a poor Morpeth re-start with a penalty of their own but a further Jinks success between the posts saw the Mitford Road men regain the lead.
It was then that the home side lifted their game and some impressive forward drives saw them take a half time lead with an unconverted try.
The second half saw another Boro try and although a further Jinks penalty reduced the arrears, a race away interception by Middlesbrough saw the home side stretch their lead to 22-9, which in reality sealed the result.
This was endorsed by an unconverted push over try, again from further forward pressure.
Morpeth showed great resolve in coming back and Allen squeezed over for a try in the corner after Forsythe led the charge. Yet this was too little too late.