Spirit and endeavour but a loss for Morpeth

MORPETH RFC 16BLACKBURN 17On a lovely sunny, late September Saturday, Morpeth entertained Blackburn in a North Premier clash. It was a day that showed the ground and its surroundings at its very best,and whilst Morpeth recorded their first point in the league they were unable to record a victory against a Blackburn side who deservedly took the spoils.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 2:01 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 8:44 pm
Action from Morpeth v Blackburn. Picture by Steve Miller.

Morpeth started the better and took an early lead when fly half Ben Hornby converted a penalty. They improved their excellent start when they scored a cracking try on eight minutes.From an opposition scrum deep in their own half , flanker Craigs set off after picking up the loose ball.It was then recycled. Ben Hornby took the ball on before centre Tait was released some 40m out, a dummy from the centre saw him racing through for an outstanding try to make the score 8-0 in Morpeth's favour.

Blackburn then began to dominate and they gained just reward when flanker Richardson rolled over from an attacking line out for a converted try on 20 minutes. They deservedly increased that lead when full back Chadwick, lively throughout, dived over to make the score 8-12 in Blackburn's favour.

The early period of the second half saw Blackburn take control with left wing Fifield going over wide out for an unconverted try on 58 minutes.

Morpeth then showed immense spirit and hit back with another excellent score. From an attacking line out, a set piece move saw Dynan initially winning the ball, before transferring back to Craigs who took advantage of the space and cruised over for an unconverted score. 13-17 to the visitors.

More was to come from the rejuvenated home side when Hornby kicked another penalty setting up a grandstand finish.16-17.

Yet the final whistle came as Blackburn retained possession. They deserved to win notwithstanding Morpeth's excellent efforts.

This was another sharp lesson for the newly promoted home side. The opposition with their hard runners and excellence in retaining possession was decisive against Morpeth's inconsistent tackling coupled with an inability to deal with restarts which put them immediately on the back foot. That said there were many plusses not least in their spirit and endeavour.