First league win for Morpeth rugby
ALNWICK RFC 5MORPETH RFC 32This was a stunning performance from a rampaging Morpeth side who thoroughly deserved to record their first win in the North Premier League, securing a bonus point in the bargain.
It was also their first victory for some time against Alnwick, who produced a spirited a display but were soundly beaten on the day.
Significantly each match this season has seen an improvement for Morpeth as they get to grips with life in the higher league.
Despite all the recent rain it was an excellent playing surface. The tricky cross wind only added to the match as both sides committed fully.
The early encounters belonged to the home side as they put together the phases against a determined Morpeth defence who proved equal to the task, particularly the back row of Dynan, Williams and Donnelly who were outstanding throughout.
Possibly against the run of play, fly half Ben Hornby opened the scoring on 19 minutes with a penalty from 20 metres. 0-3 Morpeth.
The next 10 minutes saw Morpeth take a foothold in the game, particularly up front where the set scrum was causing havoc for the home side. It was therefore no surprise when Morpeth were awarded an attacking scrum some 10 metres out they marched Alnwick back over their own line for Dynan to touch down. The front row of Moody, Hill and Sandal rightly taking the plaudits. 0-8 Morpeth.
More was to come from a dominant Morpeth pack when after recycled ball Hill, Williams and Jackson all made good ground for Hornby,' with a show and go,' dart over from close range by the posts. A score he converted.0-15 Morpeth.
The half was rounded off by more Morpeth pressure resulting in a further 3 points after a dropped goal from Hornby. Williams was just stopped short by excellent Alnwick defence moments earlier.
Halftime score Alnwick 0-18 Morpeth
The first score in the second half was always going to be crucial and it came from Morpeth on 52 minutes created by some excellent work from the dynamic Donnelly who first made the tackle, back on his feet, won possession for the ball to then go through the phases for skipper Hill to burrow over. Hornby converted the score.0-25
Next the bonus point score on 70 minutes and it was worth waiting for- some 60 metres out Scrum half Elliott sniped around the narrow side linking up with full back Telford who then interpassed with the ever present Dynan and it was Telford who crashed over for a super score. Hornby followed it up with a super conversion. 0-32 Morpeth.
Yet all credit to Alnwick who dominated the final minutes and were rightly rewarded with a late unconverted try on the left wing.
It was a convincing Morpeth performance based on forward dominance and a more than solid defensive display, a big improvement on last week.
Scoops man of the match: Craig Donnelly, part of an outstanding back row, whose individual turn overs were eye catching.
This weekend (October 5), Morpeth 1sts are home to Wirral.
Morpeth 2nds are home to Consett 2nds; the 3rds are home to Ponteland 2nds; the 4ths away to Blaydon Development and the Colts home to Gala Wanderers.