Morpeth U14s 38 Ponteland U14s 21
MORPETH U14s consolidated their extremely successful season with a strong win against Ponteland on Sunday.
The match started at an electric pace. Morpeth dominated the possession in the first quarter with early tries from forwards William Shotton, Harry Young and Reece Whitworth.
At the start of the second quarter, Ponteland scored a try which was duly converted to narrow the score to 17-7 in Morpeth’s favour.
A 15-minute spell of expansive, flowing rugby saw Morpeth’s heroic forward play and athletic driving runs from the backs rewarded with a second try from captain William Shotton and further tries from Josh Rusby and Jacob Hughes.
Rory Smith’s kicking boot was in fine form, with four conversions scored from the six tries to leave the Mitford Road under 14s with a half-time lead of 38 points to seven.
The second half was a tactically well-fought and closely-played event with excellent defensive tackling from both sets of players and powerful drives from both sets of forwards.
Despite fearless tackling from Morpeth, Ponteland’s sustained pressure paid off for them with two, well-taken, converted tries, leaving the final score at 38-21 to Morpeth.
The game was played in excellent spirit, with both teams epitomising the sporting values of tough, yet fair play.
Coach Colin Belfield, reflecting on a magnificent victory, praised the tenacious and resolute spirit of the whole team, with each individual member of the squad playing an important part in the victory.
Man-of-the-match was awarded to second-row Ben Wade for his strong forward play throughout the match.
Morpeth play Gosforth next week in the semi-final of the Northumberland Plate, a week before their much-anticipated tour of Scotland, which will see them pit their skills against the likes of North Berwick and Heriot’s rugby clubs.