Morpeth 46 Durham 0
North One East
MORPETH romped to a resounding win against a poor Durham City side that, despite being comprehensively beaten, still played with admirable spirit till the final whistle.
This was a vital win for Morpeth and brought about the all important bonus point, yet it was the manner of the victory that was equally satisfying with both forwards and backs contributing to a very open contest which was well received by the Mitford Road faithful.
It was full-back Lynnas who opened the scoring with a try after 10 minutes when he sprinted over from 22 metres, Phillips who was carrying out the kicking duties in place of the injured Jinks missed the conversion but kicked well throughout.
He then converted a Dawson try after a Hornby kick and chase, Wilkinson carrying it on before the returning Dawson showing good space to score.
Phillips was then on target with a penalty to make the score 15-0 after 15 minutes.
It was then centre Lynn showing good strength after both backs and forwards had combined to send the centre crashing over, with Phillips adding the extras.
Then Wilkinson got in on the act with good work by Michie who was prominent throughout,handed on to Stephenson on the wing before passing back inside for the former skipper to score.
This made the half-time score 27-0 to Morpeth.
The second saw flanker Craigs to the fore making a cameo appearance at flanker, the Leeds University language student was here there and everywhere, taking the ball on, and really hurting the Durham defence with some excellent lines of running. He scored an early second half try, converted by Phillips.
Then former colt Callum Duncan went over for an excellent team try, with Armstrong ending the scoring with a fine bullocking run.
There were several fine performances by Morpeth which contributed to this vital win as they travel to basement club Darlington next week.