Morpeth 36 Hartlepool Rovers 10 North One East
THIS was an emphatic win for Morpeth as they made further progress up the league with a confident display and a bonus point to boot, writes Tom Green.
It was a game played in excellent conditions and the hosts threw the ball about with some skill and were rewarded with some high-quality scores against the basement club.
They welcomed back ex-club skipper Dickinson from Tynedale into the front row and he made an instant impact.After six minutes, Matty Jinks spurned a penalty opportunity, but the fly-half was a constant threat throughout.
The first score came on 12 minutes. A short penalty after constant home pressure saw Dickinson going close before Tom Wilkinson surged over near the posts. A Jinks conversion made it 7-0 to Morpeth.
This lead was increased to 14 points when Barry Hills cut through, taking an excellent line to waltz through Rovers’ defence. Jinks once again added the conversion.
Rovers then hit back with a penalty after 35 minutes, but another Hills score after a break from Jinks saw the home side extend their lead to 21-3 at half-time.
Jinks immediately increased that score with a penalty after five minutes of the second half.
The alert Mutch then scored a try near the posts with another Jinks conversion following on.
This score gave the Mitford Road side the welcome bonus point and a 31-3 lead.
The last Morpeth try was the best, with a breakout of some 60 metres sparked off by an excellent break from right-wing Richie Stephenson and good support by skipper Wilkinson saw him dive over out wide.
To their credit, Rovers never gave up and played with great spirit throughout and they got a deserved consolation score towards the end.
Match sponsors: The Young Pretenders.