Morpeth edged out at Northern

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NORTHERN 20

MORPETH 16

For the second week in a row both sides were faced with the most extreme weather conditions,but in place of gale force winds came artic sleet and snow after consistent heavy rainfall.

Despite the conditions this was an extremely hard fought match, with both sides giving their all,but it was Northern who just about deserved the points.

Northern took an early lead, when, from an attacking lineout, they forced their way over.This was a successful tactic which constantly caused Morpeth problems.

Soon after ,Morpeth, with their first piece of possession, ,were awarded a penalty that Ball neatly converted to make it 5-3.

Northern almost immediately increased their lead with a further try ,again from an attacking position which owed an awful lot to their lineout play.10-3.

Then Morpeth made light of the poor handling conditions when the ball was played wide to Sam Hornby who skillfully took the ball up rounded his man only to be held up,over the line.Neveretheless it was from this attacking position that Ball kicked a further penalty,reducing the deficit to 10-6 in Northerns favour.

With the sleet and snow dominating ,Morpeth then produced an excellent score of their own when Dawson and skipper Hill combined ,offloading to Calder who with still a lot to do ,the flanker showed good pace in touching down on 35 minutes.Ball unfortunately missed the conversion which ultimately proved costly.

As the game moved to halftime ,with the last play of the half ,Northern scored by the posts to make it 17-11 at the break.

Conditions got increasingly worse as the match went on with Northern adding another three points to their lead before Thorntonscored an individual try which again went unconverted .

Despite raising their game and handling really well in the conditions Morpeth could not break a stubborn home defence making the final score 20-16.