Stags draw

Consett III 15 Morpeth Stags 15

MORPETH could not hold on for victory, but they did get a draw in a bruising encounter.

It was the visitors’ defence that created the first score after some strong tackling and turnovers created the quick ball for the returning Cutts to break through a weak tackle and touch down for a try, which was converted by Cox.

Burville received treatment to a large gash to the forehead, but the doctor was to return to the field with a bandage later resembling Terry Butcher’s, having emptied the supplies in the medical bag.

Precise short passing and the pack working in groups created space for Hughes to power over in the corner to make it 12-0 at half time.

Consett improved in the second half and they scored three unconverted tries, with Morpeth only scoring three points from a Cutts penalty.

The away side did force a penalty to give them a chance of victory, but Cutts pulled the kick wide.