Carlisle U13s 25 Morpeth U13s 17
MORPETH put on their best performance of the season so far against a powerful Carlisle team full of strong runners.
A well-constructed attack saw Carlisle bundle over in the corner on 15 minutes, but the conversion was missed.
The hosts followed this up with an unconverted breakaway try after some good Morpeth pressure in the Carlisle 22 where backs and forwards had combined well to gain territory and threaten the line.
The second setback spurred the visitors into action as the forwards, led by bullocking runs from lock and captain Adam Blower, drove into Carlisle’s half with renewed determination.
Flanker Elliott Clark saw the space and fed the ball out for winger Tom Youngs to collect the ball and show a clean pair of heels to his opposite number to score in the corner. The conversion was missed from a tight angle (10-5).
The home side replied immediately for what was the key score of the game to keep a two-try cushion going into half-time.
Morpeth steeled themselves at the start of second half and took the game to the opposition – mixing their tactics well with forwards breaking the gain line and all the backs demonstrating great handling skills complemented by some testing kicks.
This pressure paid off as fly-half Harry Betram capped another good performance when he linked with his centres to beat two players and score a well-deserved try.
The away side switched off momentarily a few minutes after this to allow Carlisle to hit back and it left Morpeth too much to do in the time remaining to get a win or draw.
Undeterred, they attacked again and a powerful run from Callum Lamb, which deserved a try, saw him get to within a few feet of the try-line and Clark followed up well to score next to the posts. The score was converted.
The man-of-the-match sponsored by Angela Lamb was Youngs for a great display in attack and defence.