Malton & Norton 12-36 Morpeth RFC
Another win on the road for the Northumbrian outfit saw them take the maximum five points in a performance which initially stuttered, but grew into a comfortable win when a dominant pack coupled with pace outside saw the Morpeth to what was a good performance.
In near perfect conditions it was Malton and Norton who took the lead with a deserved try as Morpeth were guilty of both handling errors and a too many missed tackles.
Ben Hornby, who kicked well from hand but not so much at goal, was on the mark with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 2 points.
Sadly the game was held up in the first half when left wing Liam Allen sustained a broken leg. It is a big blow to the player and the side as Allen had been showing some good early season form and everyone wishes him well on his road to recovery.
Thanks go to club secretary and stalwart Ken Fraser who accompanied and assisted the player to hospital.
Morpeth recovered from this interruption with tries by both number 8 Dynan and centre Alex Tait both crossing, and this together with another Hornby penalty enabled Morpeth to take a narrow halftime lead of 12-16.
“It was a game of two halves,” quoted part time allicado David Craigs as Morpeth dominated the second half with the forwards in total control and backs again showing pace and cohesion.
Tait again, wing Sam Hornby, full back Andrew Telford an excellent addition this season all adding unconverted tries, before second row Long picked up from a ruck to go over from close range.
Man of the match - Number 8 Ollie Dynan.