Morpeth 3 Percy Park 27 North One East
MORPETH’S recent run of victories came to a grinding halt against the second-top side, writes Tom Green.
It was a dominant display by Percy Park against a home team that showed several changes and were not helped by further injuries to Stew Hills and hooker Dickinson.
Nevertheless, it was a gutsy display by Morpeth who tackled well and contributed greatly to a fluent encounter.
The visitors took the lead early on with successive penalties.
The Mitford Road men then reduced the arrears when good work by the forwards driving play on saw Jinks kick a simple penalty.
But Park scored a try with a final individual effort from fly-half Rutter. This was converted to make the half-time score 3-13.
Immediately prior to this, the hosts had lost both Hills and Dickinson. They were replaced by Carmichael and Ben Hornby, whose younger brother Sam was making his senior rugby debut on the adjoining pitch.
The second half was almost continuous Park pressure, although a young Morpeth side tackled with outstanding commitment, none more so than right wing Craigs – revelling in the physicality.
He was one of many who put their body on the line, but inevitably the scores came from the men in black with a tiring home side finally going down by 27 points to three.