Morpeth kicked off their league campaign with a splendid win against their old foes Driffield at Mitford Road.
This was an important win for Morpeth following last year’s promotion, and their entertaining brand of rugby was an absolute pleasure to view.
It was Driffield who dominated in terms of both territory and possession in the early exchanges, with Morpeth defending in numbers and not over committing to the breakdown.
However, the most clear-cut early opportunity came when Brown, a constant and classy threat throughout, broke through only to be outdone by a last-ditch tackle, keeping the score at nil each.
After that, though, Morpeth scored two tries in quick succession.
Tim Michie broke through from a planned lineout move and handed on to Thornton, who scored between the posts, with Brown adding the conversion.
Brown then scored a memorable try from an attacking ruck. The full back had the vision to cut straight through the spreadeagled defence before sidestepping the last man and scoring, then adding the conversion.
After 35 minutes, he added another three points with a well-struck penalty after a good decision was made to go for goal.
Morpeth were now dominating and looking increasingly dangerous with ball in hand.
Their first-half scoring was completed when skipper Hill drove over from close range, with Brown again adding the conversion, 24-0 being the half-time score.
The East Yorkshire side immediately hit back after the restart when the home side overcomplicated and Brown’s charged-down clearance allowed a converted try beneath the posts.
But the home side were not to be outdone, and Hill again benefited from Tim Michie’s strength by burrowing over from a close-range scrum to touch down.
Thornton added further points with an outstanding individual effort dancing around between the sticks after an excellent attacking lineout.
The scoring ended with Ball intercepting from his own line and sidestepping the covering defender for another try converted by Brown.
You would be hard pushed not to name an outstanding individual performance, but this was more about a total team effort greatly and rightly applauded by the Mitford Road faithful.
Thanks to the match sponsors Alderson Law LLP t and mention must be made of the incredible work of John Dungait in the preparation of the pitches in producing a superb playing surface.