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1st XV 12-17 Kirkby Lonsdale1st XV 12-17 Kirkby Lonsdale

Match Reports

Morpeth will be bitterly disappointed not to have come away with more than a losing bonus point, in an evenly matched game where the visitors deserved the win by defending better than the home side, particularly at crucial points in the game.

It was a strange match particularly in the first 30 minutes which was largely uneventful and punctuated by frequent handling errors from both sides. There was no lack of effort or endeavour but little in terms of quality.

Kirkby Lonsdale, from one of the few moments of enterprise, went over on 20 minutes to be pulled back for a foot in touch. Then on 30 minutes Morpeth got a foothold in the opposition 22, backs and forwards ran through the phases, centre Tait went close before Dynan, showed good strength, dragging two men with him as he just made it to the line.

5-0.

The score remained unaltered as the referee blew for halftime.

The second half proved a brighter affair and Morpeth started the better, retaining possession and allowing Long, Williams and Dynan to make inroads before Kirkby's elegant centre, Scott Armstrong cleverly broke clear on 45 minutes before handing on to score as Morpeth's last line of defence was for once, found wanting. The try was followed by a successful conversion. 5-7.

Morpeth again applied the pressure, home centre Tait went close, yet the visitors defence, both tenacious and organised held out before a Morpeth pass, not for the first time, went astray. Kirkby broke out and kicked ahead and that saw Morpeth defending desperately. They conceded both a penalty and a sinbinning, as McKay, took one for the team.

The penalty was converted to make the score 5-10.

Kirkby were now on top and on 60 minutes increased their lead with another well worked score near the posts which in effect sealed the game.

It was too much too late in terms of a win, but it showed the home side's spirit and secured a bonus point when winger Ward scored by the posts for Ben Hornby to convert.

Final score 12-17.

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Saturday 7th December ResultsSaturday 7th December Results

Results

1st XV 12-17 Kirkby Lonsdale
Ollie Dynan, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion
MOM – Sam Hornby

Percy Park Lions 19-34 Reivers
Ian Grieve, James Armstrong – 1 try each
Elliott Clark, Steve Evans – 2 tries each
Kieran Smith, Adam Grieve – 1 conversion each
MOM – Pete Howie & Kieran Smith

Gateshead II 5-44 Eds
Steven Rogers – 1 try
Adam Savage, George Deveraux-Tinley, Josh McKay – 2 tries each
Andy Bradley – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Dan Lynn

Colts 10-19 Duns Colts
Michael Smart, Callum Jackson – 1 try each
MOM – Owen Priest

Saturday 30th November ResultsSaturday 30th November Results

Results

Novos II 17-36 Reivers
David Lynn, Jake Jardine, Elliott Clark, Craig Donnelly, Simon Manley – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 3 conversions
MOM – Elliott Clark

Ashington II 10-45 Eds
Michael Holland – 1 try
Ethan Dodds, Dan Lynn, Richie Stephenson – 2 tries each
Adam Cutts – 5 conversions
MOM – Andy Whitfield

Thursday 28th November ResultThursday 28th November Result

Results

Alnwick 10-11 1st XV
Jonny Ward – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties
Dave Routledge MOM – Cole Wilson
Senior County Cup Champions & retain Brett Silver Horse

Well done to all involved!!

Alnwick 10-11 1st XVAlnwick 10-11 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth won the Northumberland Senior Cup by the closest of margins in a tense encounter. This was a match that could have gone either way, but Alnwick will feel, given they had the better of the clear-cut chances, it was a match they should have won.

Given the conditions it was never going to be a classic encounter, very wet under foot and bitterly cold it became a matter of which side would make the least mistakes. The game seemed a continent away from last season's final between the two sides at a balmy Berwick.

It was Alnwick who started the game on the front foot, but matters were brought to a stuttering halt when two floodlights failed. However, the match continued, testament to both the referee and the excellent spirit between the two sides.

After the restart Alnwick continued to dominate with a serious of rucks on or around the Morpeth line; going over the line but held up. In the face of this onslaught Morpeth defended magnificently and then, when they eventually won a scrum Dynan made a superb break from number 8 to relieve the intense pressure. He continually featured throughout the night.

It was then Morpeth's turn to attack and when a forward foray into Alnwick's half caused the home side to offend. Ben Hornby struck an excellent penalty for Morpeth to take the lead.0-3.

It was Dynan again, who turned villain, when he gave away a poor penalty on 15 minutes giving Alnwick the opportunity to equalise. 3-3.

Much of play was in and around the halfway mark but some strong running from prop Cole Wilson assisted by Dynan put Alnwick under pressure in their own 22.Then an excellent break out, coupled with some surprisingly poor Morpeth defence, the home side broke clear kicked ahead, won a lineout in Morpeth's 22 , before finally crashing over for a try wide out followed by an excellent conversion after 30 minutes. 7-3.

This remained the halftime score.

Alnwick started the brighter in the second half, after a Craigs sin bin. Then, after a series of attacking scrums, they were rewarded with a penalty on 52 minutes. 10-3.

Back came Morpeth, wining turn-over ball Williams linked with the dangerous Ward who outpaced the home defence to score wide out. 10-8.

Morpeth were now on top and further sustained pressure saw the cool head of Hornby put them just ahead. 10-11.

Back came the home side with some excellent kicks putting Morpeth under intense pressure. On 75 minutes a Morpeth charged down kick, then chase ahead it seemed inevitable that Alnwick would score beneath the posts, only for a knock forward denying them of what would have been a match winning score.

Then again on 79 minutes an attacking scrum saw Morpeth penalised. A penalty chance for Alnwick to win the game, but it went just wide.

A cup final win for Morpeth, but only just!

Scoops Man of Match Ollie Dynan - despite indiscretions the good far outweighed the bad!

Clubhouse Saturday 30th NovemberClubhouse Saturday 30th November

General

Clubhouse open from 2pm.
Kitchen open from 2pm to 5pm.
Wales v Barbarians 2.15pm kick-off on TV.
All players welcome after their away games.

Saturday 23rd November ResultsSaturday 23rd November Results

Results

Ilkley 9-24 1st XV
Bentley Brown, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Penalty Try
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Jake McKay

Blaydon Development 14-22 Stags
Gordon Wilkinson, Paul Jackson – 1 try each
David Lynn – 2 tries
Kieran Smith – 1 conversion
MOM – Adam Savage & Paul Jackson

Carlisle Colts 7-45 Colts
Sam Little, Will Lister, Alfie Mather, Michael Smart – 1 try each
Jack Wood – 2 tries
George Ayliffe – 1 try & 5 conversions
MOM – Rory Norton

Ilkley 9-24 1st XVIlkley 9-24 1st XV

Match Reports

Apart from the weather there was very little to compare Morpeth's performance today from last Saturday's defeat against Sandal. This was a comfortable and well-deserved victory played on a pitch that despite the atrocious weather was in superb condition.

It was also a day when fly half Ben Hornby played his 200th first XV game, a significant achievement from a player who has been totally dedicated to Morpeth RFC, having come through the ranks, as a mini, junior and then colt before progressing to first team honours.

Despite the conditions this was an entertaining encounter, a testimony to both sides, and played in excellent spirit. The Morpeth cause was also helped by the considerable support from the club's U13s, U15s, and U18s Girls Section on a weekend tour of Yorkshire.

It was Ilkley who began the brighter, moving the ball around, they came against an excellently organised and committed Morpeth defence. As well as first up tackling flanker Craigs brought significant applause from the large crowd with a huge left footed clearing kick. Then on 10 minutes it was Morpeth who took the lead, with almost their first attack. On the Ilkley 10 metre line from set play, fly half Hornby set centre Bentley Brown on a storming run through the Ilkley midfield, a superb offload to Alex Tait, saw the centre storm over near the posts for Hornby to add the extras. 0-7.

Morpeth's defence held firm against some excellent handling and offloading by the home side in a free flowing first half. However, Ilkley bounced back with two penalties in quick succession, reducing the deficit to 6-7 after 30 minutes.

It was after the second of these scores that the home side failed to deal with the restart that allowed Hornby to slot over a well struck effort to make the halftime score 6-10.

The second half belonged to Morpeth who ultimately ran away with the game. Playing in the right areas throughout and helped by a more than significant effort from a dominant scrum, a key feature in winning the points, Morpeth dominated both in terms of possession and points. There was an outstanding effort by a back row of Williams, Dynan and Craigs in particular, who was at the heart of most things delivered.

Four or five Morpeth attacking scrums took place before the inevitable happened and a penalty try was awarded. 6-17.

Although the home side continued doggedly and reduced the deficit with a penalty making it 9-17. The Morpeth front row had the final say, firstly a good Elliott nudge deep into the opposition 22 saw an Ilkley clearance followed by an excellent counter attack with Telford and then Ward making a significant incursion which ensured another attacking scrum which Ilkley just couldn't defend. Dynan expertly controlling and then touching down for another push over score for, 200-man Hornby to convert.

Final score 9-24.

An excellent controlled and managed performance from Morpeth who thoroughly deserved their win. In a day of notable performances there were some stand outs - Craigs had an outstanding 80 minutes, however, on reflection the game was taken from the home side by a dominant set piece, particularly at scrum time .

Scoops Man of the Match Tony Moody

Thursday 28th November Senior County Cup FinalThursday 28th November Senior County Cup Final

General

Alnwick v Morpeth – 7.30pm kick-off @ Alnwick RFC

Match Entry will be £5 per head.

1 bus for players & spectators will leave the club @ 5.40pm prompt & will then leave Alnwick RFC @ 10.15pm.

Any spectator who would like to book a space on the bus please text John Stafford 07968 161085 by Wednesday 27th of November by noon.

53rd Annual Club Dinner & Presentations 201953rd Annual Club Dinner & Presentations 2019

General

Awards for season 2018-2019

George Brown Cup (for a Club Members contribution on/off the field) – Peter Kirkup
1st XV Player of the Year (Aztec Cup – in recognition of the work of Peter Kirkup) – Ben Sandall
1st XV Tie (XXV games in 1 season for 1st XV) – Ollie Dynan, Jake Jardine, Steven Long, Andrew Telford
Players Ties (XXV games in 1 season for any Morpeth senior team) – Fraser Boldy, Theo Gavaghan, Evan Jackson, Ben Sandall, Kieran Smith
Club Top Try Scorer (W.G. Hewitt Cup) – Ollie Dynan
Young Player of the Year (Bill Charlton Memorial Trophy) – Jake Jardine
Reivers Player of the Year (Sam Duckworth Trophy) – Steve Evans
Edwardians Player of the Year (Bryan Lawrence Memorial Trophy) – Adam Savage
Stags Player of the Year (George Hakin Memorial Trophy) – Mick Bone
Colts Player of the Year (in recognition of the work of Jimmy Pringle) – Elliott Clark
Ralph Appleby Salver (for an Under 16s contribution on/off the field) – Isaac Welfare
Age Grade Coach of the Year (Mike Brunskill Memorial Cup) – Terry Hewitt

Another very good night was had by all with 112 in attendance – MC Justin Lockwood kept good control, as usual, for the evening and guest speaker was Ally Hogg ex Falcons, Edinburgh & Scotland player.
Ex Morpeth junior player Phil Brantingham was also there – Phil is in the Falcons Academy and has recently played for England Under 18s.

Morpeth RFC WaistcoatsMorpeth RFC Waistcoats

General

Morpeth RFC Waistcoats are currently available to group order (minimum order of 10 is needed) – an order is currently being collated and the cut-off point is 1st of December – delivery will be approx. 7 weeks after the order has been complete.
Price - £55 each – payable at point of order.
Chest size in inches is required please.

Any interest please email John Stafford – john.stafford@morpethrfc.co.uk

1st XV 12-14 Sandal1st XV 12-14 Sandal

Match Reports

Mid November is not a bad time to take stock of league positions and while it is impossible to bank on certainties, considering injuries, availability and some luck, etc. previous years would suggest that positions may not change a great deal as the season plays out.

Morpeth currently sit third bottom but with 7 other teams around them, all within a win of each other, a mid-table spot come the end of April, is not beyond them: anything more would be an excellent return. They have proved they can more than compete at this level and can secure their position in North Premier. That said purely taking yesterday's performance in isolation a final mid table position is questionable. It was a game Morpeth could and should have won, but ultimately, they got what they deserved. Taking this season in context there have been a couple of last minute one-point home wins that have gone Morpeth's way.

On a superb pitch, considering the weather, Sandal kicked off in atrociously wet and gloomy conditions that existed throughout, indeed it was positively dark as the game moved into the final quarter.

The brave faithful spectators didn't have to wait long before the first score, when on 5 minutes, a painfully slow move, to allow a Morpeth clearance kick was charged down allowing Sandal centre Macgregor to gather and score for an unconverted try.0-5.

Remarkably much of play centred around the halfway line. Elliott briefly threatened for the home side, breaking and offloading for Moody to make further yards. Then on 14 minutes Morpeth took the lead, when the abrasive centre Brown latched onto a Sandal mistake, intercepted and raced over from halfway to score beneath the posts.7-5.

Then the game was lifted from the gloom on 18 minutes when Morpeth scored an excellent try. On or around Sandal's 22, Long won an excellent line out, good hands saw the ball go wide, then Ward appeared on the outside from his wing to send McKay over wide out. 12-5.

Notably of the game's 3 tries this was the only one created, the others were by way of mistakes.

Halftime score 12-5.

Morpeth replaced Donnelly with Dynan and Dickinson for Moody at the start of the second half which started badly for the home side conceding a Sandal penalty which closed the gap to 4 points.12-8.

Morpeth then had the pressure to score, a kick to the corner rather than a penalty chance was the call, but unfortunately, they couldn't force the score that would probably have settled matters and back came a spirited Sandal outfit.

On 65 minutes Morpeth literally gave away a penalty, were marched back another 10 metres, the Sandal attempt chance hit the post, Morpeth failed to clear and then, yet another penalty saw Sandal one point behind. 12-11.

On a day when conditions cried out to get behind the opposition, make them turn and if they can score from a long way out, then so be it: Morpeth just couldn't manage the game, particularly as the penalty count increased.

There was an air of inevitability about the manner the game ended, another successful penalty saw Sandal deserving victory.

Whilst Williams and Wilson impressed in the forwards and Telford did everything and more on a difficult day for full backs, it would be impossible to pick a man of the match, and therefore this week's award goes off piste:- Scoops award goes jointly to Trevor and Lisa Watson for their continual off the field support and contribution to Morpeth RFC.

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Saturday 16th November ResultsSaturday 16th November Results

Results

1st XV 12-14 Sandal
Bentley Brown, Jake McKay – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion
MOM – James Millington

Tynedale Raiders 5-0 Reivers
MOM – Ryan Watson

1st XV 12-34 Blaydon1st XV 12-34 Blaydon

Match Reports

In a week that saw a considerable amount of rain Morpeth were able to provide an excellent playing surface, ‘over the road,' where they took on highflying Blaydon in another North Premier encounter. Prior to the league structure the two teams met on regular occasions and it was good to see that rivalry restored.

It was a match where Blaydon provided some class outside, players comfortable on the ball and always playing with pace. Blaydon were happy to kick the ball deep and ask Morpeth questions which in the end remained unanswered, albeit the home scrummage caused the Durham side problems. Playing in the right areas was a key component of the game.

Morpeth started the game brightly, a huge attacking scrum caused Blaydon to concede a penalty try on 4 minutes. 7-0. It was a lead short lived when Blaydon hit back with two scores inside 12 minutes, one of which was converted to give them a 7-12 advantage.

Yet Morpeth continued their forward dominance for the ebullient skipper Hill to crash over and equalise the scores at 12-12 with only 16 minutes played.

But as the game developed the pacey Blaydon outfit pulled away with two further scores before the interval making it 12-24 in the visitors’ favour.

The second half saw the home side never give up but also never able to fully threaten the visitors lead who pulled away with a converted try and ended the game with a penalty for a comfortable win.

Scoops Man of the Match Josh Williams

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Saturday 9th November ResultsSaturday 9th November Results

Results

1st XV 12-34 Blaydon
Penalty Try
Carl Hill – 1 try
MOM – Josh Williams

Blaydon II 45-29 Reivers
Nick Birch, Ollie Dynan, Elliott Clark – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 1 try, 3 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Elliott Clark

Novos III 27-13 Stags
Peter Joyner – 1 try
Jamie Pemberton – 2 penalties & 1 conversion
MOM – Andy Higginbottom

Kelso Quins Colts 25-19 Colts
Matty Hutchins – 1 try
Alfie Mather – 2 tries
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions
MOM – Joe Nelless

Christmas Masquerade DinnerChristmas Masquerade Dinner

Events

Saturday 7th December 2019 - 7pm till Midnight
£17 per person
Ticket available from the Bar.

A NIGHT OF FUN, MUSIC & DANCING!

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1st XV 61-5 Tynedale Raiders1st XV 61-5 Tynedale Raiders

Match Reports

Whilst World Cup fever was gripping the England team Morpeth made yet another County Cup final with a comfortable victory against the Raiders. It is anticipated that the final will be played on the evening of Friday December 27th, at the Newcastle Falcons ground prior to the hosts playing Melrose on the Saturday in a match to aid the Doddie Weir charity.

To the game itself and Morpeth started brightly when on 2 minutes winger Jake Mackay touched down for Ben Hornby to add the extras. 7-0.

It only took another 5 minutes before Morpeth increased their lead when man of the match Jonny Ward crossed the whitewash. Ward was a threat all evening with Hornby on the mark to make it 14-0. Yet Morpeth were not having it all their own way in this high scoring encounter and the Raiders closed the gap with a try of their own.14-5 on 9 minutes.

The scores just kept on coming when on 13 minutes Ward again touched down for an unconverted try. 19-5.

Hornby then converted a penalty to take the score to 22-5, before scrum half Elliott got in on the action for a now rampant Morpeth outfit, with Hornby wide with the conversion; but the fly half was not to outdone and finished the half with a try of his own - naturally he added the extras!

Halftime 34-5.

The second half mirrored the first as Morpeth took complete control of the game with tries coming at regular intervals through Ward, yet again, Hornby, Elliott Clark and then with McKay who started it all, making the last touchdown. The final score an emphatic 61-5.

Scoops Man of the Match Jonny Ward

Friday 1st November ResultsFriday 1st November Results

Results

Tynedale Raiders 5-61 1st XV
Jack Elliott, Elliott Clark – 1 try each
Jake McKay – 2 tries
Jonny Ward – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 2 tries, 5 conversions & 2 penalties
MOM – Jonny Ward

Ashington 26-3 Reivers
Kieran Smith – 1 penalty

Stags 15-73 Berwick Bears
Theo Gavaghan, Adam Savage, Dan Lynn – 1 try each

Saturday 2nd November Result
Colts 26-22 Hawick Youth
Alfie Mather, Michael Smart – 1 try each
Fergus Simpson – 2 tries & 3 conversions
MOM – Matty Prudhoe

Lymm 42-23 1st XVLymm 42-23 1st XV

Match Reports

On World Cup semi-final day Morpeth made the long trip south west to play Lymm in their latest North Premier campaign. This was the first game the host club had played on their newly installed 3G pitch which only got officially accredited the previous day.

Morpeth started the brighter and on 6 minutes they took the lead. Scrum half Elliott ripped the ball clear and kicked towards the opposition line and as Lymm strived to clear their lines, they infringed at the breakdown, allowing fly half Hornby to convert the resulting penalty.0-3.

Yet Lymm struck back almost immediately, regaining possession from the kick off before spinning the ball wide, Morpeth missed a couple of tackles, as the home side took the lead with a converted try.7-3.

This lead was increased on 14 minutes where turn over ball at another break down allowed their speedy backs to go wide again for a 60-metre effort and an unconverted score.12-3 in Lymm's favour.

Yet Morpeth reacted with spirit led by the tenacious Elliott, sniping around causing questions of the home defence who conceded a penalty that Hornby converted on 16 minutes.12-6.

Then back came the home side in this topsy turvy encounter. From a scrum 30 metres out, they scored an unconverted try from the set play. 17-6.

Full back Telford was the instigator as Morpeth again cut the lead, with a kick and chase ahead, before Lymm conceded another penalty, this time for a high tackle. 17-9.

Then almost immediately Morpeth gave the score back by handling on the floor which saw Lymm maintain their 11-point advantage with a penalty. 20-9.

But the end of the first half scoring saw Morpeth right back in the game. An attacking scrum, number 8 Millington picked up and offloaded to Elliott who darted over, for a converted try. 20-16.

The second half started brightly for Morpeth when a Lymm sinbinning for a high tackle on Telford gave them a 10-minute numerical advantage. However, this only spurred on the home side who increased their lead when, from an attacking line out, the home side crashed over for a converted score. 27-16.

This lead was increased on 50 minutes when another Morpeth infringement saw Lymm convert a penalty from 30 metres out.30-16.

On 60 metres the scoring continued when a missed tackle in midfield allowed Lymm another score with an unconverted try.35-16.

But the visitors were not to be outdone, again showing good spirit and with 10 minutes remaining Ward intercepted in his own 22 before racing away to score for Hornby to add the extras. 35-23. Despite this late rally the home side were not to be denied victory, when on 75 minutes they secured the points they deserved, when they scored from an attacking line out. 42-23 being the full-time score.

Despite having a dominant scrum, Morpeth made too many mistakes against a home side who entertained with a pacey back line which caused significant problems throughout.

Scoops Man of the Match Jack Elliott.

Saturday 26th October ResultsSaturday 26th October Results

Results

Lymm 42-23 1st XV
Jack Elliott, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 3 penalties & 2 conversions
MOM – Jack Elliott

Eds 15-3 Northern Wanderers
Tom Woolhead, Steve Evans – 1 try each
David Wall – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Elliott Clark
Match was abandoned at approx. 60 minute mark with an injury to a Northern player – thankfully we’ve heard subsequently he is fine

Selkirk Colts 10-29 Colts
Jarden Dixon – 1 try
Callum Jackson, Tim Letts – 2 tries each
Owen Priest, Fergus Simpson – 1 conversion each
MOM – Fergus Simpson

Rugby World Cup Final - Saturday 2nd NovemberRugby World Cup Final - Saturday 2nd November

General

Wow....What a Saturday we have in store .... come and join us for the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday 2nd November. ENGLAND vs SOUTH AFRICA!!

Club house will be open from 8:15am, Bar open from 9:00am and Kitchen open from 9:45am.

Then our Colts welcome Hawick for a 2:00pm kick-off.

A great day for all!

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

Saturday 19th October ResultsSaturday 19th October Results

Results

1st XV 19-17 Rossendale
Sam Hornby – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 4 penalties & 1 conversion
MOM – The Hornbys

Berwick Bears 12-33 Eds
Alfie Mather, James Armstrong, Adam Burbridge – 1 try each
Adam Savage – 2 tries
Paul Wonders – 4 conversions
MOM – Adam Burbridge

Stags 17-22 Ashington II
George Deveraux-Tinley, Aarin Neder – 1 try each
Penalty try
MOM – Iain Menzies

1st XV 19-17 Rossendale1st XV 19-17 Rossendale

Match Reports

On a cold and very wet Saturday afternoon Morpeth produced a dogged display to ultimately win the game with the very last play. Following a determined second half display the home side's spirit deserved something out of the game and so it proved, albeit a well organised Rossendale side may feel hard done to leave with just a losing bonus point.

The match was played out in driving rain which caused players problems with numerous handling errors from both sides although Morpeth, particularly in the first half, struggled to retain possession with the visitors undoubtedly the better side.

Rossendale took the lead as early as the 3rd minute when from an attacking line out the forwards drove over for an unconverted try. 0-5.

Worse was to come for Morpeth when Rossendale increased their advantage when a grubber kick through wasn't dealt with by the home defence and saw left wing Peel touching down. It was a soft try to give away, but nobody could deny Rossendale's advantage. 0-10.

The game was hardly a classic as conditions worsened. Then, on 30 minutes with only their second visit to Rossendale's 22 metre area, an attacking line out created pressure to a Rossendale defence before conceding a penalty that fly half Ben Hornby converted from 25 metres. 3-10.

That remained the halftime score with the visitors thoroughly deserving their lead.

As the rain continued, so did the errors despite the endeavour shown from both sides. Morpeth then started putting Rossendale under pressure and on 48 minutes centre Bentley Brown, then second row Ben Jackson, made significant inroads causing Rossendale to offend and allow Hornby to further reduce the deficit. 6-10.

Almost immediately Morpeth gave the score away when a missed tackle in the centre allowed Rossendale to increase their lead with a converted try. 6-17.

Then all credit to the home side who started to dominate. The front row of Moody, skipper Hill and Wilson set the tone, with flanker Josh Williams always prominent, and thanks to Hornby and Elliott's prompting they reduced the deficit with a further penalty on 57 minutes. 9-17.

From the restart a Rossendale attack was immediately thwarted when the continually combative scrum half Jack Elliott ripped the ball back and set the home side back on the offensive and then on 61 minutes another Hornby penalty. 12-17.

The game went into the final minutes with Morpeth dominating, recycling and going through repeated phases camped on the Rossendale line, then with the last play of the game Sam Hornby, replacement right wing, did tremendously well to burrow over to level the scores. As the rain teemed down his brother Ben retained his composure to make the conversion and win the game -the Hornby's heroes - in tandem they dominated the scoring: Brothers in Arms.

Scoops Man of the Match - Josh Williams.

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Friday 1st of November - Senior County Cup & PlateFriday 1st of November - Senior County Cup & Plate

General

1st XV v Tynedale Raiders (A) – 7.15pm kick-off
Reivers v Ashington (A) – 7.15pm kick-off

October 115 Club DrawOctober 115 Club Draw

115 Club Draw

£100 – Mark Parrish (10)
£50 – Graeme Younger (87)
£30 – Joan Manners (65)
£25 – Sam Duckworth (2)
£15 – Rory Morrison (8)
£10 – Dan Stafford (108), Andy Hindhaugh (81), John Elliott Snr (35), Jim Telford (11), John Stafford (4), Peter Kirkup (70), Jim Dirom (27)

Eds v Ashington II (H) – meet 1.45pmEds v Ashington II (H) – meet 1.45pm

Selected Squads

Referee – Lee Histed

Squad of 18: D Wall, T Lakey, D Carling, J Sander, A Neder, A Whitfield, G Deveraux-Tinley, E Dodds, T Woolhead, P Howie

T Gavaghan, R Williams, S Parsons, J Wilkinson, P Owen, B Dale, A Burbridge, A Savage

Reivers v Billingham II (A)Reivers v Billingham II (A)

Selected Squads

Bus leaves Morpeth RFC @ 11.30am & Gosforth Park Grand Hotel @ 11.50am to arrive Billingham RFC for 12.45pm ahead of a 2.15PM KICK-OFF – Greenwood Road, Billingham, TS23 4BA (50 miles)

Squad of 18: K Smith, S Manley, M Gavaghan, D Lynn, E Jackson, T Manley, S Thompson, P Wonders, S Irving

Rob Leiper, A Singer, R Hope, C Lamb, C Simpson, N Birch, S Evans, R Watson, J Armstrong

1st XV v Billingham (A) 1st XV v Billingham (A)

Selected Squads

Bus leaves Morpeth RFC @ 11.30am & Gosforth Park Grand Hotel @ 11.50am to arrive Billingham RFC for 12.45pm ahead of a 2.15PM KICK-OFF – Greenwood Road, Billingham, TS23 4BA (50 miles)

Referee – Tom Doig

Squad of 18: A Telford, A Tait, J Ward, B Brown, Jake McKay, B Hornby, J Elliott, S Irving

C Wilson, C Hill (c), I Grieve, D Dickinson, S Long, I Burnham, J Williams, J Phillips, E Clark, J Millington

Saturday 12th October ResultsSaturday 12th October Results

Results

Billingham 33-10 1st XV
Bentley Brown – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Cole Wilson

Billingham II 19-5 Reivers
Ryan Hope – 1 try
MOM – Archie Singer

Eds 92-0 Ashington II
Richie Stephenson, Tom Lakey – 1 try each
Adam Burbridge, Ethan Dodds, Dan Lynn – 2 tries each
Adam Savage – 4 tries
David Wall – 2 tries & 11 conversions
MOM – Andy Whitfield

Berwick Colts 0-40 Colts
Alfie Mather, Michael Smart, Joe Nelless – 1 try each
Ryan Charlton – 2 tries
George Ayliffe – 1 try & 5 conversions
MOM – Alfie Mather

Billingham 33-10 1st XVBillingham 33-10 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made the relatively short trip south to Teesside to take on current league leaders Billingham in what proved to be an intriguing encounter. The match was played on their modern artificial surface which matched impressive surroundings.

Morpeth travelled with a much-changed team that saw them narrowly defeat Wirral the previous Saturday.

It only took 5 minutes before the league leaders got into their stride with almost their first attack, when, after going through the phases and decimating the Morpeth defence a kick through created an overlap as the Billingham centre touched down.5-0 It was excellent defending from Ward and Telford that prevented the home side scoring again almost directly from the restart. Yet further pressure was to follow, and it wasn't a surprise when Billingham increased their lead, with a rather fortunate score on 13 minutes. Morpeth winning an attacking Billingham lineout that bounced awkwardly for the home side to pounce upon and touch down for a converted try.12-0 The game took a significant turn when on 20 minutes Billingham lost their second row who was red carded for a high tackle forcing the Teessiders to play with 14 players for the remainder of the match. Ben Hornby converted the resulting penalty. 12-3.

The loss of a player did not prevent Billingham from dominating proceedings. Time after time fly half Peter Evans was able to push Morpeth back into the corners with a cultured kicking game. A further converted try came to the home side from an attacking line out after 25 minutes. 19-3.

They increased their lead on 35 minutes when from another attacking position Morpeth were caught napping when a quickly taken penalty resulted in another converted try. 26-3.

Morpeth's desperate defending proved costly when prop Dickinson was sin binned, but they still held firm till half-time with scrum half Elliott outstanding.

Half-time score 26-3.

Although they were winning their set ball Morpeth were unable to apply any pressure to a resolute Billingham outfit, despite them being a man down.

The second half began badly for Morpeth when the home side increased their lead following a missed tackle in the centre that saw Billingham go over for another converted try.33-3.

Morpeth then enjoyed their best spell playing in and around the opposition 22 area without having a cutting edge and then, when penalised, it was that man Evans who pushed them back with a relieving kick. But Morpeth were not to be denied and the strong running centre Bentley Brown crashed over on 75 minutes for Hornby to convert to make the final score, 33-10.

Morpeth generally looked solid in the set piece but were unable to pierce a well organised Billingham defence. Josh Williams and particularly Cole Wilson did pose a threat up front, while Bentley Brown ran strongly in the centre with scrum half Jack Elliott leading the defence with a typically wholehearted performance.

Scoops Man of the Match Cole Wilson

2 x Dinners @ the Club (7th December '19 & 8th May2 x Dinners @ the Club (7th December '19 & 8th May

Events

Please below see details of 2 Dinners at the Club in December and May.
If you have any interest to book spaces or a table for a group please contact me via email.
Email – john.stafford@morpethrfc.co.uk
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Christmas Bash - Saturday 7th December 2019 - 7 for 7.30pm

7.35pm – Turkey Curry or Haggis or Vegetable Curry (Gluten Free) followed by Cheeseboard & Coffee.
Quiz.
10pm to Midnight – Vocalist Peter Fegan.
12.10am - Carriages.

Tables of 10 but any numbers considered but will be joining people on to a table of 10 with others - nothing to formal.
Tickets - £17/head.
Payment can be made online or at the Clubhouse.
Payment by Saturday 30th November please.
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14th Annual Dinner Dance at the Club – Friday 8th May 2020 - 6.30 for 7pm

Fizz Reception.
4 Course Meal.
Live Band – Border Land - - https://www.borderlandmusic.co.uk/
Carriages 12.15am.

Tables of 10 but any numbers considered but will be joining people on to a table of 10 with others.

Black Tie or Smart Dress.
Tickets - £39/head.

Payment can be made online or at the Clubhouse.
Payment by Friday 24th of April please.

Northumberland Rugby Union NewsletterNorthumberland Rugby Union Newsletter

General

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Saturday 5th October ResultsSaturday 5th October Results

Results

1st XV 17-16 Wirral
Andrew Telford – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 4 penalties
MOM – Josh Williams

Reivers 36-14 Consett II
Steve Irving, Herman Jonas, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 3 tries & 3 conversions
MOM – Ryan Watson

Gateshead III 12-15 Stags
Dan Lynn – 2 tries
Sam Thompson – 1 conversion & 1 penalty
MOM – Ben Dale

Colts 7-7 Gala
Ben Alexander – 1 try
George Ayliffe – 1 conversion
MOM – Ryan Charlton

Wednesday 2nd October Result
Eds 20-5 Ponteland II
Dean Carling, Ian Grieve, Adam Grieve – 1 try each
David Wall – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Archie Singer

1st XV 17-16 Wirral1st XV 17-16 Wirral

Match Reports

Morpeth secured their second league win of the season in what proved to be a disappointing display against a Wirral side who could feel themselves unfortunate not to come away with more than a single bonus point. The fact that the victory came by way of a long range penalty in the dying minutes speaks volumes.

Yet the match started so brightly for the home side, a good scrum in centre field on the halfway mark, saw the 8 to 9 axis working well to set winger Tait free. Tait made good ground to then hand on to full back Telford who raced over for an excellent unconverted try. 5-0 Morpeth after 2 minutes.

Yet Wirral should have hit back, when Morpeth conceded a needless penalty, but the relatively easy kick was wide of the mark. How costly that early miss would prove to be at the end of 80 minutes? Another Wirral penalty chance was squandered after 10 minutes following an excellent long-range attack from the visitors.

Wirral were to rue those chances when on 20 minutes Morpeth went through the phases applying pressure and winning a penalty that Ben Hornby converted. 8-0 Morpeth.

Another attacking scrum and subsequent pressure led to the visitors conceding a further penalty under the posts for Hornby to convert. 11-0 Morpeth on 25 minutes.

Good home defence couldn't prevent Wirral getting on the scoreboard when on 28 minutes they converted a penalty awarded at scrum time. 11-3.

Morpeth now stepped up a gear, but missed two scoring opportunities when first Ben Hornby, then scrum half Elliott, both made breaks which could and should have resulted in scores, as centre Brown provided a strong presence, but it wasn't to be.

Then on 40 minutes a scrum against the head saw Hornby converting another penalty.

Half time score - 14-3 Morpeth.

The second half saw Wirral come immediately back into the game as the home side's discipline fell away, conceding penalty after penalty, which not only disrupted the flow of the game but more importantly allowed Wirral to reduce the deficit to 14-9, as well as a sinbinning for the influential Josh Williams.

Basic plays were causing the home side problems, not straight at the line out followed by a penalty at scrum time increased their frustration as Wirral dominated possession.

A storming Cole Wilson run, who featured throughout, did provide some rest bite.

But as the pressure mounted on Morpeth prop Dickinson became their second sinbinning and something had to give, as Wirral got their just rewards with their second row crashing over for a converted score, giving them a 14-16 lead as the game moved into the final minutes.

One final Morpeth attack, a penalty chance, a long way out, but Hornby had, not only the skill but more importantly the composure, to slot it over, to give the home side the spoils.

Final score 17-16.

An important result, albeit the performance certainly didn't reach last week's efforts.

Scoops Man of the Match - Cole Wilson

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Saturday from 1pmSaturday from 1pm

General

World Cup games will be re-shown on Saturday 1pm

Saturday 28th September ResultsSaturday 28th September Results

Results

Alnwick 5-32 1st XV
Ollie Dynan, Carl Hill, Andrew Telford – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 try, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal & 3 conversions
Dave Routledge MOM – Craig Donnelly
1st XV win Brett Silver Horse – first time since 2014.

Reivers 10-25 Alnwick II
Kieran Smith – 1 try
Jake McKay – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Ian Grieve & Jake McKay

Stags 41-40 Ryton II
Paul Jackson, Paul Mooney, Dan Lynn, Adam Savage – 1 try each
Gordon Wilkinson – 2 tries
Sam Thompson – 4 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Paul Mooney

Jed Thistle Colts 62-0 Colts
MOM – Will Lister

Friday 27th September Result
Alnwick III 18-13 Eds
Adam Cutts, Robbie Stansfield – 1 try each
David Wall – 1 penalty
MOM – Rich Leiper

Alnwick 5-32 1st XVAlnwick 5-32 1st XV

Match Reports

This was a stunning performance from a rampaging Morpeth side who thoroughly deserved to record their first win in the North Premier League, securing a bonus point in the bargain. It was also their first victory for some time against Alnwick, who produced a spirited a display but were soundly beaten on the day.

Significantly each match this season has seen an improvement for Morpeth as they get to grips with life in the higher league.

Despite all the recent rain it was an excellent playing surface. The tricky cross wind only added to the match as both sides committed fully.

The early encounters belonged to the home side as they put together the phases against a determined Morpeth defence who proved equal to the task, particularly the back row of Dynan, Williams and Donnelly who were outstanding throughout.

Possibly against the run of play, fly half Ben Hornby opened the scoring on 19 minutes with a penalty from 20 metres. 0-3 Morpeth.

The next 10 minutes saw Morpeth take a foothold in the game, particularly up front where the set scrum was causing havoc for the home side. It was therefore no surprise when Morpeth were awarded an attacking scrum some 10 metres out, they marched Alnwick back over their own line for Dynan to touch down. The front row of Moody, Hill and Sandal rightly taking the plaudits. 0-8 Morpeth.

More was to come from a dominant Morpeth pack when after recycled ball Hill, Williams and Jackson all made good ground for Hornby,' with a show and go,' dart over from close range by the posts. A score he converted. 0-15 Morpeth.

The half was rounded off by more Morpeth pressure resulting in a further 3 points after a dropped goal from Hornby. Williams was just stopped short by excellent Alnwick defence moments earlier.

Halftime score Alnwick 0-18 Morpeth.

The first score in the second half was always going to be crucial and it came from Morpeth on 52 minutes created by some excellent work from the dynamic Donnelly who first made the tackle, back on his feet, won possession for the ball to then go through the phases for skipper Hill to burrow over. Hornby converted the score. 0-25 Next the bonus point score on 70 minutes and it was worth waiting for - some 60 metres out scrum half Elliott sniped around the narrow side linking up with full back Telford who then inter-passed with the ever-present Dynan and it was Telford who crashed over for a super score. Hornby followed it up with a super conversion. 0-32 Morpeth.

Yet all credit to Alnwick who dominated the final minutes and were rightly rewarded with a late unconverted try on the left wing.

It was a convincing Morpeth performance based on forward dominance and a more than solid defensive display, a big improvement on last week.

Scoops Man of the Match - Craig Donnelly, part of an outstanding back row, whose individual turn overs were eye catching.

Saturday 21st September ResultsSaturday 21st September Results

Results

1st XV 16-17 Blackburn
Alex Tait, Mickey Craigs – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties
MOM – Ben Hornby

Reivers 38-24 DMP II
Adam Grieve, Tom Manley – 1 try each
Ryan Hope – 2 tries
Jake McKay – 1 try, 2 conversions & 3 penalties
MOM – Ryan Hope

Glenalmond Colts 24-14 Colts
Matty Lamont, Jaden Dixon – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions
MOM – Isaac Welfare

Melrose Colts 38-21 Colts
Matty Lamont – 1 try
Michael Smart – 2 tries
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions
MOM – Ryan Charlton, George Ayliffe

Friday 20th September Results – Vets Round Robin @ Morpeth

Ashington Colliers 17 Novos Vets 24

Novos Vets 7 Morpeth Ranters 7
David Wall – 1 try & 1 conversion

Ashington Colliers 7 Morpeth Ranters 12
David Wall - 2 tries & 1 conversion

1st XV 16-17 Blackburn1st XV 16-17 Blackburn

Match Reports

On a lovely sunny, late September Saturday, Morpeth entertained Blackburn in a North Premier clash. It was a day that showed the ground and its surroundings at its very best, and whilst Morpeth recorded their first point in the league, they were unable to record a victory against a Blackburn side who deservedly took the spoils.

Morpeth started the better and took an early lead when fly half Ben Hornby converted a penalty. They improved their excellent start when they scored a cracking try on 8 minutes. From an opposition scrum deep in their own half, flanker Craigs set off after picking up the loose ball. It was then recycled. Ben Hornby took the ball on before centre Tait was released some 40 metres out, a dummy from the centre saw him racing through for an outstanding try to make the score 8-0 in Morpeth's favour.

Blackburn then began to dominate with hard running ball carriers causing the home side major problems - it was a constant feature throughout the game. They gained just reward when flanker Richardson rolled over from an attacking line out for a converted try on 20 minutes.

They deservedly increased that lead when full back Chadwick, lively throughout, dived over to make the score 8-12 in Blackburn's favour.

The early period of the second half saw Blackburn take control with a patience and ability to retain possession subjecting the home side to intense pressure which saw left wing Fifield go over wide out for an unconverted try on 58 minutes.

Just when you thought the game was slipping away Morpeth showed immense spirit and hit back with another excellent score. From an attacking line out, a set piece move saw Dynan initially winning the ball, before transferring back to Craigs who took advantage of the space and cruised over for an unconverted score. 13-17 to the visitors.

More was to come from the rejuvenated home side when Hornby kicked another penalty setting up a grandstand finish. 16-17.

Yet the final whistle came as Blackburn retained possession. They deserved to win notwithstanding Morpeth's excellent efforts.

This was another sharp lesson for the newly promoted home side. The opposition with their hard runners and excellence in retaining possession was decisive against Morpeth's inconsistent tackling coupled with an inability to deal with restarts which put them immediately on the back foot. That said there were many plusses not least in the spirit and endeavour which will serve them well and gain victories.

Scoops Man of the Match Bentley Brown.

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Reivers v DMP II (H)Reivers v DMP II (H)

Selected Squads

Referee – Brian Callender

Squad of 20: Jake McKay, K Smith, M Gavaghan, D Lynn, T Manley, S Manley, P Wonders, W Allen, S Irving

G Younger, Rob Leiper, A Singer, J Wilkinson, R Hope, C Lamb, J Turnbull, H Jonas, S Evans, R Watson, J Armstrong, A Grieve

MRFC Saturday Senior Fixture Kick-off TimesMRFC Saturday Senior Fixture Kick-off Times

General

All games kick-off at 3pm except 1st of November to end of February where home games kick-off @ 2pm & away games kick-off @ 2.15pm.

Mid-week games or any variations to the times mentioned above we will endeavour to post notices.

Saturday 14th September ResultsSaturday 14th September Results

Results

Macclesfield 33-21 1st XV
Andrew Telford, Jake Jardine, Craig Donnelly – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 3 conversions
MOM - Cole Wilson

Reivers 58-3 Percy Park II
Joe Turnbull, Miles Gavaghan, Steve Evans – 1 try each
Tom Manley – 2 tries
Jonny Ward – 4 tries
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 4 conversions
MOM – all 19 players

Eds 32-29 South Shields Westoe II
Aarin Neder, Paul Borg – 1 try each
Iain Menzies – 2 tries
David Wall – 2 penalties & 3 conversions
MOM – David Wall

Colts 19-24 Tynedale Colts
Matty Lamont, Josh Cook, Mickey Smart – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions

Saturday 7th September ResultsSaturday 7th September Results

Results

1st XV 12-36 Carlisle
Andrew Telford, Jack Elliott – 1 try each
Fraser Boldy – 1 conversion
MOM – Jack Elliott

Northern Wanderers 29-26 Eds
Kieran Smith, David Lynn – 1 try each
David Wall – 4 penalties & 2 conversions
MOM – Joe Turnbull

Duns Colts 19-45 Colts
Joe Finney – 1 try
Jack Wood, Michael Smart – 2 tries each
Owen Priest – 2 tries & 4 conversions
Alfie Mather – 1 conversion
MOM – Will Lister

Saturday 7th September Saturday 7th September

Match Reports

Morpeth began their North Premier campaign with a home defeat against a Carlisle outfit who thoroughly deserved their victory. Quicker in word and deed the Cumbrians were undoubtedly the better side and dominated almost throughout against a Morpeth side who looked threatening at the odd times but whose handling and subsequent indiscipline ultimately proved decisive.

It was a sunny late summer afternoon on a tremendous playing surface at Mitford Road. The pitch is better than ever, an absolute credit to John Dungait and his staff.

Carlisle had the first opportunity when, after 3 minutes a pressurised scrum saw Morpeth collapse an early, but the resultant penalty was pushed wide.

Then on 8 minutes from their first attacking foray Craigs made inroads from a lineout before a super Ben Hornby break saw full back Telford race over by the posts for a converted score.

That was the last we saw of Craigs who took a heavy knock in the process to be replaced by the hardworking and combative Jackson, who along with scrum half Elliott gave of their very best. Yet it was Carlisle who continued to have the better of the play and deservedly equalised with a try of their own on 28 minutes. They then took the lead just before the interval when breaking out of their 22, some excellent inter passing and support led to a score in the corner.

Half time 12-7.

The second half saw Carlisle dominate both in terms of possession and points scored. A crash ball at a good angle saw their Centre go over at the posts, as Morpeth's increased ill-discipline never allowed them to gain any foothold in the game. This was made worse when some good opportunities were wasted with handling errors.

Tries for Carlisle came at regular intervals and although a score came about from handling the ball at consecutive set scrums on the blindsight of the referee, no one could argue with the score line.

In the final minutes the home side, who never gave up, crossed wide out when scrum half Jack Elliot burrowed over after a cracking Ben Jackson break.

Final score 12-36.

Scoops Man of the Match Jack Elliott

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Match Reports

The start of Morpeth's mouth-watering campaign began on a balmy August evening at the home of recently promoted North Shields in a Northumberland County Cup quarter final tie.

It will be another fortnight before Morpeth begin their first ever North Premier season at home to Carlisle. Saturday 7th September will be a watershed debut for the Mitford Road side. Morpeth will draw some comfort from this comfortable win and with the greatest respect to a North Shields side, bigger tests are on the immediate horizon.

The home side were competitive throughout and ended the scoring with a try of their own, a testament to their endurance.

For the first 20 minutes constant Morpeth pressure brought little reward other than a Fraser Boldy penalty. It was just one of many excellent place kicks from the fly half, a feature throughout the match. Yet once the defence was breached Morpeth scored with regularity even though they dropped the ball over the line on four separated occasions. Ollie Dynan ran riot with mazy individual runs bamboozling the opposition and, in some instances, his own team. Sam Hornby produced a 75-metre run to round off some good handling. Ward and Tait were also on the mark with tries and wherever it was touched down, Boldy converted.

The match gave the coaching team the opportunity to try out positions and systems. All subs being used fully, a strategy that no doubt will be a necessity in the new league.

The semi-final tie is scheduled for World Cup final day, 2nd of November, away to Tynedale Raiders or Whitley Bay Rockcliff who play next weekend.

Scoops Man of the Match Fraser Boldy

1st XV v North Shields1st XV v North Shields

General

1st XV v North Shields @ North Shields in County Cup QF on Friday 23rd of August is now a 6.45PM KICK-OFF

RFURFU

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Alnwick RFC Summer FestivalAlnwick RFC Summer Festival

Events

Only £3.00 per adult - Children FREE!!
Come along and join us for a pre-season warm-up Rugby Festival

From 11am:
Alnwick Mini's & Juniors
Alnwick Ladies Touch Rugby

1st Team Pre-Season Rugby Tournament from 1:00pm
Alnwick, York, Morpeth, Percy Park, Pockington, Penrith

Gin & Prosecco, Beer Festival, Family Day, BBQ & Hog Roast, Free Bouncy Castle and slide for Kids ..... Make a day of it!

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