Brothers in arms for last gasp Morpeth win
MORPETH RFC 19ROSSENDALE 17On a cold and very wet Saturday afternoon Morpeth produced a dogged display to ultimately win the game with the very last play, writes Colin Green.
Following a determined second half display the home side's spirit deserved something out of the game and so it proved, albeit a well organised Rossendale side may feel hard done to leave with just a losing bonus point.
The match was played out in driving rain which caused players problems with numerous handling errors from both sides.
Rossendale took the lead as early as the third minute when from an attacking line out the forwards drove over for an unconverted try, 0-5 .
Worse was to come for Morpeth when Rossendale increased their advantage with a try from Peel, 0-10.
The game was hardly a classic as conditions worsened. Then, on 30 minutes with only their second visit to Rossendale's 22m area, a penalty from Ben Hornby cut the deficit to 3-10, which was the score at half-time.
As the rain continued, so did the errors despite the endeavour shown from both sides. Morpeth then started putting Rossendale under pressure and on 48 minutes centre another Hornby penalty made it 6-10.
Almost immediately Morpeth gave the score away when a missed tackle in the centre allowed Rossendale to increase their lead with a converted try for 6-17.
The home side then started to dominate and they reduced the deficit with a further penalty on 57 minutes for 9-17.
From the restart a Rossendale attack was immediately thwarted when the continually combative scrum half Jack Elliott ripped the ball back and set the home side back on the offensive.
The game went into the final minutes with Morpeth dominating, recycling and going through repeated phases camped on the Rossendale line.
Then with the last play of the game Sam Hornby did tremendously well to burrow over to level the scores. As the rain teemed down his brother Ben retained his composure to make the conversion and win the game -the Hornby's heroes … brothers in arms!