Morpeth 14 Wheatley Hills 18 North One East
MORPETH took on the current league leaders in good heart after their excellent unbeaten run of four games and they came so close to extending this run, only just losing out but nevertheless claiming a losing bonus point in the process.
In the end, it was the South Yorkshire side that took the spoils and they just about deserved their victory despite a plucky Morpeth performance.
Wheatley Hills were kicking to the clubhouse end in the first half and quickly took the lead with a penalty after five minutes. (0-3)
Morpeth, through fly-half Phillips, had the chance to level the scores but was wide from 30 metres.
It quickly became a game whereby the strength of the visitors was to become a vital factor.
They created a great deal of pressure on the home line and increased their lead with a rolling forward-based unconverted try. (0-8)
Morpeth then hit back prior to the interval with an excellent attacking line-out and drive causing the visitors to offend under their posts. (3-8)
Phillips added another three points to make the interval score 8-36 to Wheatley Hills – it was anyone’s game.
Then Phillips missed an early opportunity of three points. The Yorkshiremen hit back with another try to make it 6-13 with 15 minutes of the second half over.
Yet Morpeth kept coming back with another Phillips penalty to close the gap to 9-13.
Still with the final quarter still to go and only one score separating the two sides it was a game still to be won.
However, Wheatley secured victory when they dominated possession close to the Morpeth try-line and forced their way over. (9-18)
This Morpeth side currently never gives up and produced probably the best try of the game when a superb Manley run sent Lynnas, a constant threat all game, steaming over to score.