Safety still not sealed after heavy defeat

Morpeth 17 Old Brodleians 44 North One East

MORPETH’S young and inexperienced side went down heavily on a lovely spring afternoon at Mitford Road, writes Tom Green.

Although quite a few changes had to be made because of injuries, those who played showed a great deal of spirit and no little heart against an Old Brods side who were bigger and quicker.

The home side took an early lead when right-wing Simms seized on a loose ball in the visitors’ 22 and scuttled over. The try was converted.

This was followed up by a Jinks penalty, which made it 10-0 in Morpeth’s favour.

At this time the young pack never altered in their commitment with Craigs, Bell and Carmichael to the fore and Armstrong – skippering the side for the first time – leading by example.

Yet it was just a matter of time before the floodgates opened and tries came at regular intervals.

Old Brodleians were determined to run the ball and they did so with style.

Their impressive running tries kept their vociferous crowd of travelling support happy on the touchline.

To their credit, the hosts never gave up and scored an excellent try of their own when Halliday, taking an excellent line, was driven over by the forwards. Jinks slotted over another conversion.

The scoring was completed when the away side kicked a penalty to make it 17-44.

Morpeth will hope to get the victory they need to make league survival a certainty when they travel to Old Crossleyans on Saturday.