One that got away

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Northern 13 Morpeth 6 North One East

MORPETH went down in this encounter as their recent run of poor form continued.

This was a game they could and should have won, particularly in the second half when they subjected their opponents to considerable pressure but were unable to take their chances and ultimately to win the game.

Morpeth were unlucky to lose right-wing Hills in almost the first play of the game with an unfortunate head injury. He was replaced by the recently-graduated Ben Hornby.

The first half was a fairly turgid affair, with Northern deservedly being ahead by 13-3.

Morpeth’s points came from a beautifully-struck Jinks penalty and, although he struck another, there were a couple of misses from the usually-reliable fly-half.

The second half predominantly belonged to Morpeth from a territorial point of view.

However, Northern defended with spirit and Morpeth could not convert their pressure into points.

Phillips went close when it looked as though he would go over and Mooney was a constant threat on his return after injury.

Yet the Mitford Road outfit became very predictable in their attacking ploys, homing in on close-range drives with little variation in their game.

It was do or die with two very close-range penalties in which Morpeth failed in their attempts to rumble over from a set move penalty.

It was not to be and the away side had to settle for a bonus point, which, all in all, was possibly what they deserved.