Good win, but hard work ahead for under-16 side

A dogged second half performance saw Morpeth RFC U16s maintain their winning start to 2015 with a 24-7 win last Sunday at Alnwick RFC.

In a match that should have seen the Mitford Road youngsters in charge and well ahead by half-time if try-scoring chances had been taken, instead saw them trail by two points after make-shift back Joe Turnbull had initially put the visitors in front.

However, a frank half-time talk from coach Dave Chattaway paid immediate dividends as Morpeth took charge from the restart despite playing into a strong wind.

Two tries from the ever-dependable Josh White, playing at full-back, saw the red and white of Morpeth step up to take the ascendancy despite an on-going spirited and committed performance from the home side.

And Alnwick’s fate was sealed in the final stages of an entertaining game when Morpeth winger Reece Jones, who had always threatened, intercepted a pass on the halfway line to sprint home under the posts.

Two well-taken conversions from fly-half Sam Thompson sealed a result that by the final stages was never in doubt.

In the end, Morpeth deserved the hard fought victory but there’s still plenty of hard work to be done by the Morpeth youngsters if they’re to be serious County Cup contenders.