Morpeth U15s 24 Tynedale U15s 31
IT was heartbreak for Morpeth RFC U15s as a late try by a strong Tynedale side denied the Mitford Road youngsters a well-deserved draw on Sunday.
Morpeth had fought back from some early knock-backs to level the game at 24-24 and put themselves in contention with five minutes of a very competitive match remaining.
However, some lax tackling in the face of a final onslaught from a strong opposition pack was the difference and enough to see Tynedale run out 31-24 victors in the end.
Morpeth man-of-the-match Josh White was again at the heart of most of the home side’s action, outpacing the chasing Tynedale backs to sprint almost the length of the field before going over in the corner with two Tynedale players clinging to him.
Earlier, a well-taken try from a quick pick-up-and-go move had seen flanker Andy Holland haul Morpeth back into contention after they had conceded two tries.
Further scores from flying wingers George Devereux-Tinley and George Ainsley kept the pressure on an opposition who were visibly flagging as the game entered the last quarter.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for Morpeth, despite well-taken conversions from Sam Eyres and Sam Thompson adding to the scoreboard and piling pressure on Tynedale.
However, the U15s will be able to take an awful lot from the game and now know what they must do to beat Tynedale when they face them again after Christmas in the next round of the County Cup.