Wheatley Hills 17 Morpeth 6 North One East
IT was a welcome return to league activity for a Morpeth side who made the long trip down to take on the high-flying South Yorkshire men currently standing second in the league with promotion definitely in their sights.
Morpeth themselves need more points in order to secure their status.
This proved a game that Morpeth ultimately could and arguably should have come away with something positive. They were bolstered by the return of skipper Forsythe after injury together with Duggan and Morrison giving a far more impactive pack albeit the unavailable Charlton and Ramsay caused front row issues particularly in the scrum.
With the assistance of the elements in the first half it was Morpeth who took the half-time lead with two Jinks penalties, however, the second half proved too much for a spirited Morpeth side, who eventually went down by 17-6 with Jinks surprisingly missing two penalties which if converted may have meant that Morpeth came away with something at the end of the day.
There were some positive performances with Duggan showing well in the forwards.
As in every game in this league it was winable, however, nothing should be taken away from Wheatley Hills who deservedly ran out as victors and continued their promotion push.
IN a Northumberland Colts County Cup quarter final match, the Morpeth Colts progressed to the semi-finals with a 22-17 win away to Ponteland Colts.
Callum Duncan scored two tries for the visitors and Ollie Tapscott and Liam Scott got one each. Tapscott also kicked over one conversion.