Morpeth continued their recent run of excellent form by taking the points in a hard and close run affair against a Dinnington side who currently stand one place above them in the league.
The match really swung on a controversial decision mid way through the second half,but more of that to follow.
On a fairly gloomy afternoon at Mitford Road it was the South Yorkshire outfit that took the game to the home side as they dominated early possession,yet,as it has been the case throughout the season Morpeth’s well organized defence proved difficult to breach.
Yet on 15 minutes ,with what was almost their first incursion into Dinnington’s 22, Morpeth struck,seizing onto a poor opposition lineout Michie pounced on the loose ball making good ground before the ever reliable Armstrong crashed over in the corner,with Phillips unable to make the conversion.
Dinnington came straight back into the game with an unconverted try from from an attacking lineout making the score 5-5.
With both sides converting relatively simple penalty chances the teams turned round equal, with an 8-8 all score line.
The score line reflected the equality shown between the 2 teams.
Morpeth kicking towards the changing room end then took the play to Dinnington and 10 minutes into the second half Morpeth were awarded a penalty try ,given for a deliberate knock forward,after a charging run by centre Lynn,the decision which appeared controversial and ultimately proved vital for the home side, who then took a 7 point lead.
Dinnington however showed plenty of fight and after strong forward pressure,a quickly taken penalty from their fly half saw him diving over for an unconverted try making the score 15-13 in Morpeth’s favour ,moving into the final quarter .
Yet the game continued to move from end to end and Lynn again with another powerful run ,took the ball up,crashing over the Dinnington line with defenders on his back to score close to the posts.Phillips converted and secured the win with Dinnington adding a penalty in the closing stages.
This was not a classic encounter but another win is further testimony to the excellent character for the team who continues to improve week by week.