WEST HARTLEPOOL 6
After the hugely entertaining World Cup and last weeks final Morpeth returned to the important matter to hand, league rugby,and the Mitford Road faithful were not to be disappointed with an excellent victory against highflying West Hartlepool.
The match was played “over the road” due to the heavy rain,and this added facility never lets the club down .The playing surface was yet again a testament of John Dungaits work and expertise.
Morpeth kicked off going up the hill and soon made inroads into the home defence being rewarded with a Ball penalty after only five minutes.
West then applied most of the pressure for the next 15 minutes with their big pack causing problems to the home defence.They were rewarded with a slender lead of 6-3 coming from an excellent drop goal and penalty.
Then Morpeth hit back with a try of their own when from an Elliott break and then chip through from Birch, full back Ball beat the opposing cover for an super score matched by an excellent conversion from the same player.
Before halftime Number 8 Tim Michie who along with his back row partners of Calder and Craigs were dominant throughout, made a break which resulted in a further 3 points from the talented Ball.
This made it 13-6 to Morpeth at half time.
The second half saw Morpeth managing the game with the elements in their favour.
With Elliott and Birch pulling the strings behind the hard working pack and scavaging back row ,time and again West were pinned back into their own 22 with correct decision making being the order of the day.
Ball with 2 penalties ,one a superb effort from halfway, and Birch with an equally impressive drop goal ,stretched the home sides lead to 22-6 ,a thoroughly deserved victory.
It is of note that Morpeth fielded numerous sons of significant past players and administrators, David Calder,son of Martin,Jack Elliott,son of John,Will Thornton son of Richard,Michael Craigs son of David ,Matty Dawson son of Alan,Ben Hornby son of Rick, additionally coach Michael Dungait son of Michael senior.
All respective fathers having made a significant impact on the club both in terms of playing,organizing and supporting.
Legacy is a word that is often currently discussed, however,Morpeth rugby club builds from this and hopefully will continue to do so.