Morpeth Colts 36 Wigton Colts 12
MORPETH’S good form continued with a fine home performance.
Brown hoisted the kick-off high and the forwards were able to regain possession. The ball was spun out, with centre Lishman getting on the end of a sweet move and he ghosted through the defence to score under the posts within the first minute of the match. Two points were added by the boot of Brown (7-0).
The visitors had a period of possession and looked to attack, but the Morpeth back row managed to turn the ball over and the hosts were on the attack again. The ball found fly-half Brown, who executed a clever little kick over the heads of the on-rushing defence, collected his own kick and sprinted for the try-line.
The covering full-back did well to tackle him in the away 22, but Brown managed to offload to second row Ward who had followed in support, giving the forward the simplest of run-ins to score an unconverted try.
The next score came seven minutes later with some patient phase play and then lovely hands releasing Rees down the left wing to score in the corner.
Again the home side’s defence was solid when required and then a clever kick from scrum-half Walker took them deep into the away 22 for a line-out.
Morpeth managed to turn the ball over at the line-out and with none of the defenders seeming to pick up open side flanker Aynsley, he crashed over to score. This time Brown made no mistake with the conversion, making the score 24-0 after 23 minutes.
The Mitford Road team were now playing some champagne rugby, making it a delight for the watching crowd. Next on the scoresheet was South African full-back Jonas following a sweeping move down the right.
Smith and Lishman combined well to stand up the defence, creating a two versus one situation, then Lishman executed a well-timed pass to Jonas coming on at pace to score in the corner.
There were changes to the Morpeth side at half-time. Ball came on at scrum-half, Stephenson slotted into the centre for Smith, Bell on for McKay and Thompson on for Rees. Three minutes into the half, Jonas took a lovely line off Lishman to score under the posts and Brown added the extras (36-0).
For the remainder of the match Wigton looked the most likely to score, which they did in the 49th and 55th minutes, adding one conversion to that tally to make the final score 36-12.
Morpeth Colts are sponsored by Walton Marquees.