Frustration in Morpeth defeat
MORPETH RFC 10MACCLESFIELD 13In many ways this was a strange match to greet 2020 with Morpeth eventually losing by a narrow margin. No one could deny that the better side deserved to win, indeed at halftime the visitors must have been wondering how on earth they were only a single try to the good; as a mixture of poor finishing and wrong options against desperate home defending, saw them frustrated.
The second half saw a reinvigorated Morpeth side, shake off the festive lethargy to really ,' take it,' to the opposition. Indeed a 3 point chance with a final penalty,which if taken, would have given the home side a draw that looked hardly likely at halftime.
A kick for the corner was the preferred option?
The game began with Morpeth kicking towards the changing rooms. On 4 minutes the game sprung into life, Dynan, outstanding, but more importantly, disciplined throughout, timed his pick up from number 8 perfectly to go on a rampaging run that took him close to the line, only for Macclesfield full back Longworth to defend superbly.
Then Macclesfield really took the game to Morpeth as backs and forwards combined to pressurise the home defence with centre Sam Hornby making two crucial interceptions preventing certain scores.
Just when it looked as though Morpeth could hold out to halftime ironically a simple one up missed tackle allowed Macclesfield to take a deserved lead with an unconverted try on 40 minutes. 0-5.
The second half proved a different affair with Morpeth producing a spirited display,particularly when on 55 minutes the home side conceded a controversial try which appeared to be a case of crossing as centre Broster took full advantage to storm over.0-10.
But back came Morpeth with replacement half backs Irving and Simpson proving both composed and competent. Home pressure allowed McKay to be just short with a long range effort before Morpeth scored a well worked try, when from a lineout on the Macclesfield 22, first Millington broke clear before handing onto the ever alert Dynan to touch down for McKay to add a further two points with a well struck conversion. 7-10.
Then with impressive full back Telford coming to the fore with linking runs and forwards Dickinson and Dynan, helped by centre Brown, began to create pressure on the visitors for McKay to make the scores level with another penalty.10-10.
The visitors, thanks to the probing of scrum half Stelmaszek, an outstanding performer on the day, were able to increase their lead with a penalty on 72 minutes.10-13.
It led to a frantic final few minutes and that final penalty decision to end the 80 minutes, with the visitors thoroughly deserving their win.
Scoops man of the match: Ollie Dynan.
The defeat leaves Morpeth 12th (third from bottom) of the table on 21 points, two ahead of local rivals Alnwick with Ilkley at the foot of the Northern Premier Division.
This Saturday (January 11), Morpeth are back in league action with an away match against Blackburn, who currently sit seventh with 33 points.
This will be a pre-cursor to the always anticipated derby clash at home against Alnwick the following week (January 18).