No disgrace in cup final loss

Morpeth 11 Percy Park 25 County Cup Final

THE game proved to be both entertaining and exciting, with Park deservedly taking the magnificent trophy in a season that has seen them perform very creditably since their promotion from Morpeth’s league last season.

But it should not take away from another fighting display from the Mitford Road men, who defended superbly and played with no little skill.

It was Percy Park who kicked off the midweek match after a further delay when there was the small matter of finding a ball. Park immediately took the game to Morpeth and it was no surprise when their former Falcon Stephenson dotted down wide out, with the conversion being missed.

However, Morpeth hit back almost from the restart with Phillips adding the penalty points coming from forward pressure.

It was the Morpeth forwards who then held sway, but the opposition were always a threat out wide.

A further try in the corner saw Park increase their lead, albeit another Phillips penalty reduced the arrears to 10-6 after 25 minutes.

It was then that the game possibly turned when in the run up to half-time, hooker Hill was sin-binned from an attacking Park line-out and then on the stroke of half time Park gained another unconverted try to make it 15-6.

The second half continued to entertain the large crowd, with Morpeth taking the game to their opponents after conceding an early score, and they were rightly rewarded after considerable forward pressure saw Duggan crash over. Yet Park were not to be denied and a final try clinched victory as the full-time whistle blew.

The young Morpeth side could hold their heads up high after putting in a creditable performance. They have done exceptionally well throughout the season and will only improve.

Morpeth lost 56-10 at Middlesbrough on Saturday in North One East. Phillips and Turner scored a try each.