Morpeth’s comeback jubilation

Malton & Norton 17 Morpeth 19 North One East

MORPETH continued their excellent start to the season with a comeback victory in North Yorkshire, writes Tom Green.

The visitors made a few changes to their line-up due to injuries and non-availability and Malton took advantage.

The home side fully justified their 10-0 lead at the half-time interval, which they had built up through a penalty and converted try. This soon became 17-0 after 52 minutes and Malton must have thought they were home and dry, but Morpeth did not let their heads drop and they came back strongly.

The forwards exerted pressure with a series of drives close to the home line, which saw Liam Carmichael rumble over for a try followed by a Matty Jinks conversion.

Morpeth dominated the last 20 minutes and they got a further seven points when Jinks picked up from an attacking scrum some 30 metres out and raced through a gap in the defence to score before adding the conversion.

It appeared that their chance of victory had gone when Richie Stephenson seemed to have gone over in the corner, but the referee was unsighted as to whether the ball was grounded.

However, in the final play of the game Andy Shippen managed to touch down over the Malton line to make it 17-19.

It was a great team performance showing some determination in coming back from 17 points down and credit is due to the whole squad.