Morpeth get the wind up and move to fourth in table

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MORPETH 33

WESTOE 5

Morpeth moved to fourth in the league with this bonus point win in a match dominated by the gale force wind which was literally blowing from one to another.

To say it was a match of two halves would be a complete understatement, and it could well be argued that Morpeth won the game in the first half when playing against the wind as they turned round with the elements in their favour and score line being level.

Westoe opened the scoring when from an attacking lineout following a poor kick out of defence ,even allowing for the wind,caused the home side problems.

Morpeth then dominated the remainder of the half where they were patient and for the most part were able to play keep ball amongst the forwards who had the better of the Westoe pack.It was inevitably the way to play in these hurricane like conditions. The forward supremacy was highlighted when Tim Michie controlled an attacking scrum to score an unconverted try.

That remained the score at halftime.

Morpeth’s task in the second half was simply to play down in the Westoe end .Further dominance by the pack led to a penalty try at another attacking scrum ,before skipper Hill picked up at the back of a ruck to burrow over,neatly converted by Ball,taking Morpeth to 19-5.

This game was well supported by the crowd bravely baring the elements who rewarded with the sight of one of the Abbey trees collapsing in the ever strengthening wind.

Then almost immediately a Thornton kick bounced the right way and allowed Fllok to score unapproved between the posts with Ball adding the extras.21-5.

The scoring was needed almost inevitable with another push over try with Tim Michie showing both patience and skill before touching down with Ball adding another conversion.