Malton and Norton 15 Morpeth 10 North One East
MORPETH made the journey south in good heart after a decent run of form saw them making significant progress in their league status.
Unfortunately, some important personnel were not able to make the trip which often proves costly for all sides in this division.
The game itself took place in difficult conditions, with driving rain for a good deal of the match, with initially Morpeth having the best of the conditions.
It was very much a case of both sides trying each other out for most of what was a disappointing first 40 minutes of rugby, where the highlight was a converted try, scored by the Malton full-back, who showed a good turn of pace to give the home side a 7-0 advantage.
This was a lead that Morpeth were unable to wrestle back from the home side.
The visitors did score two second half tries from close in, both scored by the competitive Richard Armstrong – one following a series of pick-and-drives, the other from a driving line-out.
But Malton produced scores of their own and were able to hold onto their lead with some controlled rugby.
Morpeth should not get too disappointed after this setback. They did secure a losing bonus point and will hope for more when they return to Mitford Road on Saturday, when they face the interesting prospect of an encounter with an improving Rochdale side.