Old Crossleyans 6 Morpeth 20 North One East
MORPETH gained revenge on the Old Crocs after an understrength team was thrashed at the same venue in April.
On a beautiful, sunny afternoon the visitors completely dominated the game and deservedly won the match.
The side included James Phillips, who recently signed from Ashington, and the unusual half-back combination of Matthew Jinks at scrum-half and Ben Hornby at fly half.
In the forwards, this season’s new captain Joe Forsythe was partnered by Jonny Stephenson in the second row and the back row included Rory Morrison, who is now regularly available, along with Ben Bell and James Defty.
Four Matthew Jinks penalties and a Tom Wilkinson drop-goal gave Morpeth a 15-6 lead at half-time – the Crossleyans penalties coming from the only two occasions they got in the Morpeth half.
Playing up the hill the second half, Morpeth were still on top but repeated penalties stopped the side taking advantage of numerous scoring situations.
The home side did not threaten the Morpeth line at all and it was left to man-of-the-match Defty to score the only try of the game in the last minute.
Winning away from home is never easy and the side should take encouragement from this solid victory into the first home game at Mitford Road on Saturday against a very strong Percy Park side. Kick-off is 3pm.