Victory for under 16s over touring side

Morpeth RFC’s under 16 side is eyeing a winning finale to the campaign after seeing off a touring team from Yorkshire.

With two games to go before the end of what has been a mixed season results’ wise, the Mitford Road youngsters overcame a very competitive Driffield team 17-12 in wet conditions.

A brace of tries from second row Grahame Milne was the highlight of a hard fought, competitive and entertaining match between two evenly matched teams.

Morpeth opened the score after centre Josh White took his chance to carve through the opposition back line within 10 minutes of the kick-off.

However, the lead didn’t last for long as Driffield hit back after a driving maul saw them power over for five points.

Milne then scored the first of his two tries – powering his way over from about 20 metres after shrugging off the attempts of the Driffield backs to stop him – as he gave the home side the lead at half time.

A more spirited second half display saw Morpeth continue to press the opposition line for a further score. A shift around in the backs resulted in some entertaining runs from winger Reece Jones before a well-taken opportunity prised open the Driffield backs to enable Milne to go through unopposed under the posts.

Fly-half Sam Thompson slotted over the conversion to give Morpeth 17 points before a late try from Driffield narrowed the final score to five points.

This was probably a fair result in the end and one for the Morpeth boys to build on as they head to Alnwick for their next game.