Morpeth rugby kick off new season with a home defeat
MORPETH RFC 12CARLISLE 36Morpeth began their North Premier campaign on Saturday with a home defeat against a Carlisle outfit who thoroughly deserved their victory.
Quicker in word and deed the Cumbrians were undoubtedly the better side and dominated almost throughout against a Morpeth side who looked threatening at the odd times but whose handling and subsequent indiscipline ultimately proved decisive.
It was a sunny late summer afternoon on a tremendous playing surface at Mitford Road. The pitch is better than ever, an absolute credit to John Dungait and his staff.
Carlisle had the first opportunity when, after three minutes a pressurised scrum saw Morpeth collapse early, but the resultant penalty was pushed wide.
Then on eight minutes from their first attacking foray Craigs made inroads from a lineout before a super Ben Hornby break saw full back Telford race over by the posts for a converted score.
Craigs took a heavy knock in the process and was replaced by the hardworking and combative Jackson, who along with scrum half Elliott gave of their very best. Yet it was Carlisle who continued to have the better of the play and deservedly equalised with a try of their own on 28 minutes. They then took the lead just before the interval when breaking out of their 22, some excellent inter passing and support led to a score in the corner to make it 12-7 at half-time.
The second half saw Carlisle dominate both in terms of possession and points scored. A crash ball at a good angle saw their Centre go over at the posts, as Morpeth's increased ill discipline never allowed them to gain any foothold in the game. This was made worse when some good opportunities were wasted with handling errors.
Tries for Carlisle came at regular intervals and although a score came about from handling the ball at consecutive set scrums on the blindsight of the referee, no one could argue with the score line.
In the final minutes the home sid crossed wide out when scrum half Jack Elliot burrowed over after a cracking Ben Jackson break.
Man of the match - Jack Elliott .