Last minute victory in county cup derby game

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Alnwick 11 Morpeth 13 Northumberland County Cup, Quarter Finals

MORPETH left it late to book their place in the semi finals following a tough derby encounter, writes Tom Green.

The visitors dominated the first half, but Alnwick’s defence stood firm for most of it, denying the forwards breaking through.

They did finally take the lead after 15 minutes when the hosts were caught out expecting a penalty to be kicked into touch. A tap penalty was taken instead and some good team interplay lead to full-back Richie Stephenson scoring a try.

Phillips missed from wide out with the conversion and later missed a penalty. Prop forward Campbell then crossed after a forward catch-and-drive.But Jinks did not kick over the conversion and Alnwick had some spells of possession. They scored two penalties to make the half time score 6-10.

The second half was disjointed and both teams were constantly penalised; generally for breakdown offences – four players were sent to the sin bin.

Good pace and hands by the Alnwick backs lead to a score in the corner. But fortunately the conversion was missed and Morpeth won a penalty in the last minute to give themselves a victory opportunity.

Jinks slotted it between the posts to the relief of his fellow players and Morpeth supporters.