Morpeth continued their good start to the season with a convincing bonus-point win against a hard-working Beverley outfit.
This was not Morpeth at their most fluid as the game was littered by many handling errors, but it had its highlights in the form of three thrilling breakout tries by the home side in the second half .
Morpeth took to the field again with a much-changed side, which must impact on the fluency of their play.
Ball missed an early penalty opportunity for the home side, who were indebted to full-back Jonas for a last-ditch tackle to thwart the visitors.
Morpeth’s forward dominance was evident, and it was duly rewarded when Michie went over for a push-over try, which Ball converted.
Beverley missed a penalty, but the home side extended their lead when an attacking line-out and set play allowed skipper Hill to drive on, enabling Ball to convert the resulting penalty, making it 10-0.
Another Ball kick made the scoreline 13-0 at the interval.
The visitors hit back with a penalty of their own at the beginning of the second half, but again Morpeth’s dominant scrum came to the fore, when they were rightly awarded a penalty try from constant home pressure.
The remainder of the half saw some exciting home scores from distance.
A ruck turnover saw Craigs break to put Manley over in the corner, then skipper Hill confirmed the bonus four-try score point.
Beverley never gave up at any point and kept up pressure on the home side, only for Jonas to intercept and run the length of the field before touching down.
Fly-half Walker then followed suit with an identical break. Ball converted both.
Beverley’s efforts were duly rewarded when they scored a converted try at the death.
Those with longer memories will remember the last match played between the two sides in which the East Yorkshire outfit completely outclassed the home side in a display sadly punctuated by arrogance.
Though this was a good win for Morpeth , it was a hard-fought and often-even encounter played in exactly the right spirit.
Beverley should be applauded for that.