Sheffield 38 Morpeth 3 North One East
IT was a much-changed team that Morpeth fielded for probably their longest trip of the season – to an improving South Yorkshire outfit.
It was also a task that ultimately proved too much on a cold afternoon for the Mitford Roaders.
Sheffield took the game from the off and were by far the better side.
It was a Jinks penalty from the Morpeth scrum-half-come-fly-half that gave the side the three points, with a half-time score of 16-3 to Sheffield.
It was crucially the home side’s number 10 who continued to be the outstanding player on the pitch, both controlling the game as well as taking any points that were in the offing whether it be with a reliable boot or an eye for the gap.
At 28-3 down early in the second half, there were increasing signs that Morpeth were staring a very heavy defeat in the face but, to their credit, they buckled down and were able to keep the home side to a reasonable scoreline, with some spirited tackling and whole-hearted defending.
Saturday sees the side return to Mitford Road where they face Cleckheaton in what is another very important clash as the league builds to a crescendo in the next couple of months.
This coincides with the start of the Six Nations, so hopefully a good crowd will be in attendance.