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1st XV v North Shields1st XV v North Shields

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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

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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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Northumberland 35-17 DurhamNorthumberland 35-17 Durham

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Northumberland beat Durham on Saturday 35-17 at Kingston Park and Morpeth had 5 players in the squad – pictured.

Ben Sandall also scored 2 tries on his county debut.

One more game to go in the Senior County Championship this Saturday, 18th May, away to Eastern Counties 4pm kick-off @ Bury St Edmonds – there will also be a development game kicking off before @ 2pm.

April 115 Club April 115 Club

115 Club Draw

April 115 Club Draw 1
£100 – Rick Hornby (29)
£50 – Peter Forsythe (42)
£30 – Bernard Scott (103)
£25 – Dave Peyton (48)
£15 – Adrian Slassor (15)
£10 – Dick Dungait (30), David Dickinson (1), David Penn (33), Lisa Watson (115), Richard Thornton (89), Patrick Kendall (40)

April 115 Club Draw 2
£100 – John Dungait (16)
£50 – Joe Routledge (32)
£30 – Rob Winter (93)
£25 – Tom Woolhead (61)
£15 – Martin Calder (45)
£10 – Paul Thornton (69), Betsy Richardson (12), David Pringle (58), Barbara Storey (100),Michael Parrish (25), Dave Metcalfe (39), Adam Grieve (28)

Morpeth 7's ResultsMorpeth 7's Results

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(RFU 24/Sevens NATIONAL FINALS @ NOTTINGHAM on Saturday 30th June – top 20 teams nationally qualify from a series of 7s e.g. Morpeth 7s)

OPEN Runners Up – MIGHTY PETH

OPEN Player of The Tournament – JAMIE WRIGLEY (AKUMA BEAVERS)

Social Winners – ZENITH MEDICALS

Social Runners Up – THE ICE CREAM MEN

Social Player of The Tournament – HERSHEL (ZENITH MEDICALS)

Well done to Jacko and his volunteers for all of their hard work for another excellent 7s !

11th Morpeth 7s – Sunday 3rd May 2020 – please book the date !!

Saturday 4 May @ MorpethSaturday 4 May @ Morpeth

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Northumberland Women v Yorkshire Women @ Morpeth RFC – 2pm kick-off.

Clubhouse is open from 12.30pm.

Phil BrantinghamPhil Brantingham

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Former Morpeth junior player Phil Brantingham made his England Under 18s debut last Saturday, a year young, coming off the bench he impressed with his physicality in England’s 38-20 win against Wales.

There are now 2 further games in the Under 18s Six Nations Festival;

Wednesday 17th April v Ireland.
Sunday 21st April v France.

Both games kick-off at 1.40pm and are televised on Sky Channel 422.

Phil has also been selected for the England Under 17s training squad and game v Scotland at Kingston Park 27th/28th of April.

England Under 18s are to tour South Africa in August and Phil’s next target will be to make this squad.

Phil has come a long way since his father, also called Phil, brought him to Morpeth to join a very talented and successful group of players coached by Richard Blackett and he is now part of the Falcons Academy and is studying for his A Levels at RGS school.

All at Morpeth wish Phil every success in the coming weeks/years!

Senior Players Player Awards Senior Players Player Awards

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1st XV – Andrew Telford
Reivers – Craig Donnelly
Eds – Phil Owens
Stags – Peter Joyner

Saturday 13th AprilSaturday 13th April

Results

Andrew Telford – 1 try
Jonny Ward – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties & 3 conversion
MOM – Jonny Ward

Saturday 6 AprilSaturday 6 April

Results

Steven Rogers, Jon Brennan, Chris Kennedy, Archie Singer – 1 try each
Richie Stephenson – 2 tries
David Wall – 1 try, 6 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Iain Menzies

County Cup Champions !
Treble now complete after Candy 2 North League Champions & Candy Bowl winners

WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED

Saturday 6 AprilSaturday 6 April

Results

Matty Dale, Craig Donnelly – 1 try each
Sam Thompson – 2 penalties
Kieran Smith – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Andy Shippen

A very good game & Reivers came close

Saturday 6 AprilSaturday 6 April

Results

Jake Jardine, Ollie Dynan, Josh Williams, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Matt Dawson

1st XV are North One East League Champions – CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL INVOLVED

Saturday 30 MarchSaturday 30 March

Results

Callum Jackson, Ryan Charlton – 1 try each
Dan Baines – 3 tries
Owen Priest – 1 try & 2 conversions
Elliott Clark – 1 conversion
MOM – Elliott Clark

Saturday 30 MarchSaturday 30 March

Results

David Wall – 1 penalty
MOM – Archie Singer

Saturday 30 MarchSaturday 30 March

Results

Herman Jonas, Matty Dale – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 1 penalty

Saturday 30 MarchSaturday 30 March

Results

Ollie Dynan – 1 try
Jonny Ward – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties & 1 conversion
MOM – Jonny Ward

Friday 29 MarchFriday 29 March

Results

Adam Hall – 1 try
Richie Stephenson – 2 tries
Paul Jackson – 1 try & 1 conversion
Stephen Oxley – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Adam Hall

Saturday 23 MarchSaturday 23 March

Results

Adam Grieve, Evan Jackson, Ryan Hope – 1 try each
Josh McKay – 3 tries
Kieran Smith – 6 conversions

MOM – Josh McKay

Saturday 23 MarchSaturday 23 March

Results

Ollie Dynan – 1 try
Andrew Telford – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 3 conversions & 2 penalties

MOM – Ben Sandall & Matt Dawson

Saturday 16th MarchSaturday 16th March

Results

Ben Dale, Craig Shaw, Herman Jonas, John Younger, Bertie Hinson – 1 try each
Jake Stevenson – 2 tries
Steve Irving – 1 try & 2 conversions
Evan Jackson – 1 conversion

MOM – Elliott Clark

Saturday 16 MarchSaturday 16 March

General

Clubhouse open from 12.30pm.

Morpeth Colts v Berwick Colts – 1pm kick-off.

Six Nations games on in the clubhouse;

Italy v France – 12.30pm kick-off.

Wales v Ireland – 2.45pm kick-off.

England v Scotland – 5pm kick-off.

DISCOUNTED draught Beers, Ciders, Guinness & Lagers ALL day.

Other Club games Saturday 16th March;

Eds v Ashington II (A) – 2pm kick-off.
Stags v Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rangers (A) – 1.30pm kick-off.

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS AND CHALLENGE CUP FINALS AT ST HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS AND CHALLENGE CUP FINALS AT ST

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From Northumberland RFU:

With 3 months to go until the Heineken Champions and Challenge Cup Finals at St James’ Park we would like to share with you details of our volunteer programme and how members of your club can get involved.

Our volunteer team, known as The Cast, will be based in various positions across the City both before and during the finals weekend.

Volunteers will play a key role in festival. We have a variety of roles available throughout the City and the knowledge and skills of the volunteers will enhance the experience of visitors to Newcastle.

We have opportunities to volunteer on the trophy tour that will be take place throughout the North East from 24th March to 14th April 2019. The trophies will be visiting a variety of rugby clubs, businesses, schools and partners. These volunteers will be helping people to see the trophies before the finals weekend and taking lots of photos

During the finals weekend, The Cast, will be based in various positions across the City from the Rugby Champions Village on the Quayside, Baltic Square Family Zone, and the walking routes through the City up to St James’ Park and in our Strawberry Place fan zone. They will help visitors with wayfinding, details of events and activities and all other information that a visitor may need.

Cast members receive great training to equip them for their role, a fabulous uniform so they stand out and the opportunity to be part of a Great Weekend of Rugby in Newcastle.

Volunteers will be required on a range of shifts over the weekend from 9-11th May 2019 and during the trophy tour from 24th March to 14th April 2019.

Interviews will be held through March and training dates will be available throughout April.

If you are interested, please email volunteers@newcastle-falcons.co.uk
Closing date for applications is 16th March 2019.

Saturday 9 MarchSaturday 9 March

Results

Lewis Urwin, Callum Jackson, Ryan Hope – 1 try each
MOM – Dan Baines

Colts now through to County Plate Final on Sunday 14th April @ Falcons

Saturday 9 MarchSaturday 9 March

Results

MOM – Rich Leiper

Saturday 9 MarchSaturday 9 March

Results

Alex Tait, Steven Long – 1 try each
Jake Jardine, Andrew Telford – 2 tries each
Jonny Ward – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 6 conversions
MOM – Alex Tait

Morpeth Farmers 40-7 Newcastle AgricsMorpeth Farmers 40-7 Newcastle Agrics

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The 7th Annual Morpeth Farmers v Newcastle Agrics took place, at the Club, on Wednesday 6th of March and as usual served up yet another excellent game of rugby with the Farmers just proving to be too strong in the last 15 minutes.

The first Morpeth Farmers game was played back in 1980 when former Club President David Turnbull thought it would be good to have a game with the Kirkley Hall Students and this game was played 32 times through to 2012, missing only 2 years - 2001 due to the foot and mouth epidemic in the local farming area and 2005 due to bad weather.

In 2013 the Newcastle Agrics were asked to play in the game to maintain a competitive match and in the 7 games currently played, the Farmers have won 5 and the Agrics 2 – the aggregate score is now Farmers 150-118 Agrics.

The winning team is presented with The David Turnbull Trophy, first presented in 2002, which Farmers Captain Adam Grieve collected this time with the Farmers beating the Agric 40-7.

The Ali Johnson Man of the Match Trophy was awarded to Agrics Captain Henry Sweeting – Ali Johnson was a former Kirkley Hall Student and this award was first presented in 2009.

There was actually a man of the match from each team and a traditional pint race decided the winner with Henry beating the Farmers Sam Walton.

This annual game now has some 50 sponsors and thanks again to these and organisers Claire Bainbridge, Simon Bainbridge and John Goodfellow.

Our thanks also to Northumberland referee Fraser “Jock” Gill,

2020 fixture will be Wednesday 4th March 4.15pm kick-off!!

Girls U15 Girls U15

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Morpeth U15 Girls 45-5 Old Brodleians U15 Girls

The Under 15 Girls travelled to Billingham RFC to face Old Brodleians from South Yorkshire, the team have reached this stage following victories against Alnwick, Whitley Bay Rockcliff, Tynedale, Ryton and Darlington Mowden Park.
The girls got off to a subdued start and allowed Old Brods to take an early lead following a quick break from their winger. Morpeth stuck to their game plan and started to deliver the quick ball, via a fantastic forward performance, enabling powerful runners to make yards. The half time score was 21-5 following tries from, Liv Taylor and 2 from Amber Lawless all converted by Amber.

The second half started in the same way as the first with an early try, Amy Carr tearing up the blind side to race over in the corner. Morpeth then spent the next 10 minutes defending bravely with big tackles from everyone. Another try followed from Amy Carr as Morpeth forwards started to take control and create quick ball for the backline. In the final stages Amy Carr completed her hat trick and Lottie Glover Stewart crashed over after a quick tap penalty. Amber Lawless converted a total of 5, in very testing conditions.

Throughout the game all the players and subs fronted up and tackled, ran and supported brilliantly against a committed Old Brods side who were a credit to themselves.

Final score 45-5 meaning that Morpeth Under 15s Girls are in the top 6 teams in the country and travel to the National Semi Finals day at Derby RFC on Sunday April 7th – there will be 2 triangular semi-finals and Morpeth play Barkers Butts & Old Halesonians, starting at 2pm. The winners of the 2 semi-finals can then look forward to the National Final at Worcester Warriors Sixways Stadium on Sunday May 5th.

Squad of 20: Lottie Glover Stewart, Amy Carr, Hannah Bishop, Chloe Kennedy, Maia Smith (Captain) Marley Swinhoe, Niamh Hope, Charlotte Young, Holly McHugh, Alice Heaton, Olivia Taylor, Emma Gerrard, Ruby Gerrard, Abbey Rutherford, Fay Smith, Amber Lawless, Lucy Mcmillan, Grace Howson, Gina Goodfellow, Emily Stafford.

Saturday 2 MarchSaturday 2 March

Results

Ben Dale, Andy Cowans – 1 try each
MOM – Paul Mooney & John Younger

Saturday 2 MarchSaturday 2 March

Results

Iain Menzies, Andy Whitfield, Bob Wilson, Archie Singer – 1 try each
George Deveraux-Tinley, James Sander, Adam Savage – 2 tries each
Mark Davidson – 8 conversions
MOM - Adam Savage & Iain Menzies

Eds - through to County Cup No 3 Cup Final on the weekend of Saturday 6th April

Saturday 2 MarchSaturday 2 March

Results

David Dickinson, Chase Evans, Paul Wonders, Andy Shippen, Sam Walton, Jake Stevenson – 1 try each
Steve Irving – 1 try & 1 conversion
Kieran Smith – 3 conversions
MOM – Callum Simpson

Reivers – through to County Cup No 2 Cup Final on the weekend of Saturday 6th April

Saturday 2 MarchSaturday 2 March

Results

Matt Dawson, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ollie Dynan – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 1 try, 2 penalties & 3 conversions
MOM – Jack Elliott

FebruaryFebruary

115 Club Draw

£100 – John Elliott Snr (35)
£50 – Rick Hornby (29)
£30 – Peter Rutherford (79)
£25 – Eddie Richardson (114)
£15 – Dave Metcalfe (39)
£10 – Duncan Clark (7), Peter Owens (97), Jim Dirom (27), Graeme Younger (87), Billy Shaw (55), Adam Grieve (84), George Brown (51)

Saturday 23 FebruarySaturday 23 February

Results

Josh McKay, Iain Menzies – 1 try each
Penalty try
Mark Davidson – 2 penalties
David Wall – 1 conversion
MOM – Bob Wilson

Saturday 23 FebruarySaturday 23 February

Results

Adam Grieve, James Armstrong – 1 try each
Sam Thompson – 1 penalty & 2 conversions
MOM – David Dickinson

Saturday 23rd FebruarySaturday 23rd February

General

Reivers v Tynedale Raiders - 1.30pm ko.

On the big screen in clubhouse;

France v Scotland - 2.15pm ko.
Wales v England - 4.45pm ko.
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DISCOUNTED draught Beers, Ciders, Guinness & Lagers ALL day.

North of England Under 15s Girls Cup Final – SundaNorth of England Under 15s Girls Cup Final – Sunda

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1.30pm kick-off @ Billingham RFC, TS23 4BA (50 miles from MRFC)

North of England Under 15s Girls Cup FinalNorth of England Under 15s Girls Cup Final

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Morpeth U15s Girls v Old Brodleians U15s Girls – 1.30pm kick-off @ Billingham RFC, TS23 4BA (50 miles from MRFC)

Saturday 23rd February @ The ClubSaturday 23rd February @ The Club

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On the big screen in clubhouse;

France v Scotland - 2.15pm ko.
Wales v England - 4.45pm ko.
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DISCOUNTED draught Beers, Ciders, Guinness & Lagers ALL day.

1st XV 53-5 Bridlington1st XV 53-5 Bridlington

Match Reports

Yet another vital victory in Morpeth's impressive season, returning Carl Hill's side to the top spot in their quest for honours. For the purist maybe, the performance didn't quite match last week's display, but it was both clinical and efficient disposing of a Bridlington side that was physical and spirited.

It was almost spring like when the game kicked off with Morpeth attacking towards the clubhouse and it was the home side who immediately got on the scoreboard when after 3 minutes, fly half Ben Hornby converted his second penalty chance. 3-0 For the next 20 minutes the game was scrappy, with Bridlington having most of the possession making inroads with a strong physical presence. The game changed when the home side began to get some continuity to their play causing Bridlington to concede a penalty coupled with a sin binning. It was from the attacking scrum the ball was recycled for the impressive Cole Wilson to storm over for an unconverted try after 25 minutes. 8-0.

Morpeth then dominated, a Dynan try from a clever inside pass was to follow, the back rower taking another excellent line.13-0.  Then on 35 minutes a Phillips try after initially Telford, who was impressive throughout, combined with winger Jake McKay, for Hornby to add the extras. Then Telford himself swerved and sidestepped his way over for Hornby again to be on the mark. 27-0. A bonus point in the bag.

The half ended with another Telford mazy run from some 70 metres which unfortunately didn't lead to a score. Halftime 27-0.

The second half started slowly before the hardworking East Yorkshire outfit scored a deserved try in the corner on 50 minutes. 27-5.  But the game reignited on 60 minutes when Ward, on a mazy run, went over for an individual side-stepping effort. 32-5.  Yet another Dynan effort came from a 5-metre scrum with the number 8 powering through would be tacklers. 39-5. Then Ward again - the winger intercepted from 80 metres to outpace the Brid defence to go over by the posts for Hornby to convert. 46-5.  Then good handling by dangermen Ward and Telford saw the lively McKay go over for the final score which Hornby converted.

The game kindly sponsored by Ryecroft Glenton and the match ball sponsors were the Class of 75, whose past efforts must never be forgotten, would undoubtedly been impressed with the current team who are in fine form.

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford

Saturday 16th FebruarySaturday 16th February

Results

Phil Owens, James Sander, Paul Borg, Josh McKay – 1 try each
Sam Walton – 1 try & 3 conversions
MOM – Josh McKay

Saturday 16th FebruarySaturday 16th February

Results

Cole Wilson, James Phillips, Andrew Telford, Jake McKay – 1 try each
Ollie Dynan, Jonny Ward – 2 tries each
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 5 conversions
MOM – Ben Sandall

Friday 15th FebruaryFriday 15th February

Results

Adam Grieve, Craig Donnelly – 1 try each
Paul Wonders – 1 drop goal
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Cade Whitfield

Wednesday 13th February Wednesday 13th February

Results

Scott Ramsay, Matty Dale, Joe Dowd – 1 try each
Jo Forsyth – 3 tries
James Sander – 1 conversion
Arin Neder – 1 conversion
MOM – Jo Forsythe

1st XV 36-12 Huddersfield YMCA1st XV 36-12 Huddersfield YMCA

Match Reports

First things first: many, many congratulations to Alan and Yvonne Lawton who chose to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary by sponsoring today's game. A lovely gesture and their excellent hospitality were both enjoyed and appreciated.

And what a match ...........

The game was played in difficult conditions with an exceptionally strong wind blowing almost directly down the pitch. It was also one of those strange games where each side played their best rugby against the elements. It is correct to say in many instances handling can be easier against the wind, it is also true to say that there are instances when putting a boot to the ball is the obvious and most effective use of a strong wind. But this must be put into perspective as both sides produced an outstanding encounter, with Morpeth running out as convincing winners’ thanks in no small part to a simply stunning second half performance.

YM played against the wind in the first half and took the game to the home side, retaining possession and posing a threat in the centre with Stead particularly dangerous. It was against the run of play that Hornby on 20 minutes had the first opportunity, which was unsuccessful, with a long  range penalty.  It was no surprise when YM made the first breakthrough on 25 minutes when Stead again found both space and the power to make the initial threat which was eventually scored wide out. 5-0.

Then on 32 minutes an excellent Hornby break, just over halfway, getting over the gain line and offloading to find Dynan, as he has been all season, picking a line, carrying a threat to power over by the posts for Hornby to convert.7-5.

Hornby was on the mark on 38 minutes with a penalty after pressure from an attacking scrum. 10-5.  Morpeth were struggling to contain YM who continued to dominate possession. The first half went on, and on, well over 50 minutes, but they were not helped by ill-discipline resulting in 2 yellow cards.  The half ended with a super YM score, after retaining possession between forwards and backs. A good conversion against the elements followed, making the half time score 12-10 to Huddersfield.

The second half started with a super Telford break lighting up the proceedings and giving the home side momentum for a superb 40 minutes. They regained the lead with patience as they recycled possession, skipper Hill excellent throughout, leading the fray, before the returning Elliott performed a wrap around for Dynan again to thunder over by the posts for Hornby to convert .17-12 to Morpeth.

The home side were on a roll, Ward and Telford, combined down the right wing, for Ward eventually to go over wide out.22-12.

Second row Cole Wilson made a 30-yard break, threw an outrageous dummy, as Long, Dawson and Sandall all made line breaking inroads, backed up by a real grafting performance by Craigs.  Fittingly Dawson a truly consistent performer got the next try after more recycled patience, another Elliott dart, before Dawson crashed over. Hornby struck a superb conversion against the wind.29-12.

This was a Morpeth side at its very best, totally dominant in all phases and they rounded it off with another high-quality score as Jake Jardine made a 40-yard break before passing inside to the ebullient Dynan to score at the posts - hat trick of tries for the back rower. Hornby rounded it off with another conversion.

Scoops Man of the Match - Matt Dawson

Saturday 9 FebruarySaturday 9 February

Results

Ryan Hope – 1 try
MOM – Owen Priest

Saturday 9 FebruarySaturday 9 February

Results

Iain Menzies, David Lynn, Steven Rogers, James Armstrong – 1 try each
David Wall – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Phil Owens

Saturday 9 FebruarySaturday 9 February

Results

Jonny Ward, Matt Dawson – 1 try each
Ollie Dynan – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 4 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Mickey Craigs

Saturday 2 FebruarySaturday 2 February

General

Six Nations games on big screen
Scotland v Italy – 2.15pm kick-off
Ireland v England – 4.45pm kick-off

Also;
Blyth II v Stags @ Blyth RFC – 1.30pm kick-off

JanuaryJanuary

115 Club Draw

£100 – Richard Thornton (89)
£50 – John Stafford (4)
£30 – Alan Fleming (78)
£25 – Vi Mahaney (110)
£15 – Peter Kirkup (70)
£10 – Bernard Scott (105), Joe Routledge (32), Nigel Dodds (102), Chris Lishman (41), Andy Higginbottom (46), Rory Morrison (8), John Dungait (16)

Cleckheaton 18-24 1st XVCleckheaton 18-24 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth's excellent season continued with yet another solid but hard fought victory against Cleckheaton, a feat they had never previously achieved away in all the previous encounters against the strong West Yorkshire outfit.  Perhaps Morpeth's performance didn't match the dizzy heights of their impressive display last week against league leaders Scarborough, but any win on the road is more than a worthy victory and in terms of real value it can only be measured in a couple of months from now. Whilst a bonus point would have been the icing on the cake that should not detract from the points obtained.
Morpeth suffered a blow before a whistle was blown when flanker Craigs, one of the side's most consistent performers, had to withdraw through illness when warming up. Burnham replacing him in the starting line-up.

Further blows were to follow when Morpeth struggled to come terms with the game which resulted in conceding two early scores. On 13 minutes, Cleckheaton attacking, were awarded a penalty some 5 metres out from the Morpeth line. Worse was to come, with Morpeth not retreating in accordance with the referee's instructions a penalty try was awarded. 7-0 to Cleck.  Then on 22 minutes the home side increased their lead with an unconverted try making the score.12-0 to Cleck.

It was until the half hour mark that Morpeth gained a foothold in the match and it came from route 1 rugby with scrum-half Irving touching down. This followed intense pressure from a Morpeth pack and the fourth scrum in a row - all 5 metres out which resulted in a home side sin binning after the first scrum. Ben Hornby added the extras. 12-7 to the home side.  Immediately after Cleck restarted Morpeth took the lead. The restart was taken by Moody, but the dynamic Dynan then made a scintillating break from within his 22, and with some great interplay with Boldy, sent Ward on his way and over the whitewash to touch down for an excellent score, with fly half Hornby again adding the conversion points. 14-12 to Morpeth.

The half ended in frenetic fashion as both sides, sent the ball wide with Cleck again applying most of the pressure.  Halftime score remained Cleckheaton 12-14 Morpeth - anyone's game.

The second started with the home side turning the screw in terms of pressure and possession but held out by some stout Morpeth defence. It was against the run of play that Hornby converted a penalty on 56 minutes taking the score to 17-10. It was a vital strike in keeping the scoreboard ticking along in Morpeth's favour. Shortly afterwards they increased their lead on 59 minutes when right wing Ward kicked through; Cleck struggled to deal with the situation allowing Phillips to ground the ball after it entered the dead ball area. Hornby again was on the mark with the conversion.

The home side were not to be outdone, and penalties in the 65th and 68th minutes brought the score back to 18-24 to Morpeth. 

The final 10 minutes were dramatic, Morpeth prop Moody was sin binned but the side held out and indeed nearly got a bonus point when on 78 minutes full back Telford, outstanding throughout, was stopped from scoring with a tremendous covering tackle by Cleck's centre.

Final score Cleckheaton 18-24 1st XV.

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford 

Saturday 26 JanuarySaturday 26 January

Results

Craig Donnelly, Adam Grieve, David Lynn – 1 try each
Bertie Hinson – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Elliott Clark

Saturday 26 JanuarySaturday 26 January

Results

Steve Irving, Jonny Ward, James Phillips – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 3 conversions
MOM – Andrew Telford

1st XV 34-13 Scarborough1st XV 34-13 Scarborough

Match Reports

Morpeth romped to the top of the league with a dominant win against a spirited Scarborough outfit who were top of the pile when the game kicked off. The East Yorkshire outfit had their moments but were ultimately out powered by a Morpeth side who were totally dominant up front. A dominance that laid the platform for an excellent win.

Although cold, the match kicked off in near perfect January conditions, the result was a competitive match throughout with a great deal of open constructive rugby, a credit to both sides.

Morpeth had the first opportunity to get on the scoreboard when on 6 minutes fly half Ben Hornby was wide with a long-distance penalty. Yet the same player was on the mark with an easier chance on 12 minutes.3-0 Morpeth.

Scarborough looked enterprising throughout and capable of scoring from anywhere. However, their equalising score came when they converted a penalty of their own. 3-3.

Full back Telford then threatened for the home side but was cut down by a high tackle. From the resulting penalty skipper Hill spurned the opportunity of three points to go for territory and an attacking line out. It was from this pressure, followed by two close range scrums which quickly became the home side's most potent attacking weapon that debutant number 9 Irving dummied and crashed over on 25 minutes for a try converted by Hornby. 10-3 Morpeth.

On 38 minutes Morpeth were forced on the back foot when Scarborough back three, always threatening, took play up to Morpeth's 22 where Parkinson in a last-ditch tackle sustained an ankle injury to be replaced by Jake Jardine. It was end to end stuff with another long range Scarborough attack saw them halted just 15 meters from the home side's try line.

Halftime score 10-3 Morpeth.

It was the second half that proved Morpeth's forward dominance. After slow ball was recycled centre Phillips took the correct option with a drop goal after 50 minutes. 13-3.

Then on 55 minutes an attacking line out, then rolling maul followed by good work from Hill and replacement Burnham, saw Dawson, outstanding throughout, crash over from close range. Hornby added the extras.20-3 Morpeth.

Then on 60 minutes the returning Dynan got in on the act, another dynamic scrum destroyed Scarborough for Dawson to combine with Dynan to go over. Hornby struck a great conversion. 27-3.

But Scarborough were not to be denied some excellent recycled ball saw a kick through and touch down by left wing Smith.27-8 More total dominance up front saw yet another push over try for the home side and another score for scrum half Irving followed by a Hornby conversion. 34-8 Scarborough, who never stopped trying, went over with almost the last play of the game after some patient recycling to make the final score 34-13 to the home side.

This was top versus second and Morpeth produced an outstanding display to win this game, making the right decisions at the right time and looked after possession. It was based around a dominant forward performance.

You need to look no further than the front row as Men of the match-Moody, Hill and Sandall laid the foundation for this thoroughly deserved and outstanding victory.

Saturday 19 JanuarySaturday 19 January

Results

Craig Shaw, Arin Neder, Herman Jonas, Ryan Hope, Evan Jackson – 1 try each
James Sander – 3 tries & 7 conversions

MOM – Henry Rank

Saturday 19 JanuarySaturday 19 January

Results

Rich Leiper, Kieran Smith, Adam Grieve, Josh McKay, George Deveraux-Tinley – 1 try each

MOM – Andy Whitfield

Saturday 19 JanuarySaturday 19 January

Results

Matt Dawson, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Steve Irving – 2 tries
James Phillips – 1 drop goal
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 4 conversions

MOM – Steve Irving

Photos AddedPhotos Added

General

Photos of Eds v Medicals and 1xt XV vs Malton & Norton added to the gallery.

Bradford & Bingley 5-29 1st XVBradford & Bingley 5-29 1st XV

Match Reports

What an impressive win this was against a side that up to the Christmas break had been one of the front runners in terms of league results. This outstanding performance elevates Morpeth to second place and just as importantly creates a significant gap between the top 3 sides and the remainder of the league. What is more, next week sees the visit of Scarborough to Mitford Road who currently occupy top place. It is a mouth-watering clash and in terms of final league placings could well be a crucial encounter.

On a good playing surface Morpeth took the field and began the match playing against a strong wind blowing directly down the pitch. The majority of the first half saw Morpeth play in an exceptionally well organised manner, defending well, taking opportunities as they came along and not giving away penalties. It wasn't until the 38th minute when the first score came on the board when Ben Hornby converted a penalty 3-0 Morpeth.

Then the Mitford Road side scored a crucial try just before halftime instigated by scrum half Elliott who made an initial break, then with a real hint of a forward pass, fed Hornby who went in under the posts. Hornby had his conversion attempt charged down as he tried to counter the wind placing the ball too close to the opposition.

8-0 to Morpeth at halftime.

The second half saw BB come right back into the match and some good consistent pressure produced an unconverted try 10 minutes into the second half. 8-5.  But Morpeth lack nothing if not an excellent spirit in the side led by skipper Hill and although a couple of penalty opportunities were missed the decisions behind were correctly thought through keeping the team in the right area of the pitch and subsequently justified on 63 minutes Cole Wilson made a storming rumbling run, which saw the effervescent Elliott in support yet again to go over for a try that Hornby converted. 15-5.

Then on 69 minutes Telford got on the end of some direct play for a try which Hornby again converted. 22-5.

Finally, as BB continued to play with both spirit and enterprise Jonny Ward intercepted on the opposition 10 metre line to run in unopposed for Hornby to add the conversion.

Final score 29-5.

Too many excellent performances to award an individual man of the match however mention to two of the most consistently reliable club members James “Beefy” Armstrong and Andy Shippen who both greatly contributed to this result.

Saturday 12 JanuarySaturday 12 January

Results

Adam Savage, Jon Brennan – 1 try each
David Lynn – 2 tries
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 4 conversions
MOM – David Lynn

Saturday 12 JanuarySaturday 12 January

Results

Miles Gavaghan – 1 try
Jake McKay – 3 tries & 4 conversions

MOM – Jake McKay

Saturday 12 JanuarySaturday 12 January

Results

Jack Elliott, Andrew Telford, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 try, 1 penalty & 3 conversions

MOM – The Whole Team

1st XV 22-15 Malton and Norton1st XV 22-15 Malton and Norton

Match Reports

Happy New Year!

Morpeth returned to their league programme welcoming Malton and Norton to Mitford Road. The excellent winter weather continued, and the ground conditions were perfect. There was absolutely no reason for this being anything other than attractive game of rugby. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. In a game littered with mistakes it was a disjointed penalty ridden affair. The home side fell foul of the whistle culminating in 3 sin bins with the obvious consequence of having to play the game with 14 players for 30 minutes of game time – field positions conceded and playing with less numbers is certainly a way of making it difficult to come out on top in this very competitive league.

Malton had the first opportunity when from their first incursion into Morpeth's half they won a penalty on 5 minutes which was hooked wide. The next event occurred on 10 minutes when flanker Ian Burnham received the first yellow card following two similar offences. This time the penalty was converted 3-0 Malton.  Then on 15 minutes the home side looked to have got into their stride, from nowhere Dawson managed to rip the ball away when Malton had possession, he quickly transferred the ball to Tait who ran around beneath the posts for a converted try. 7-3 Morpeth.

Another lateral back move saw Sam Hornby tackled heavily by two opposing players, causing him to leave the field with an ankle injury, which may well signal the end of his season, to be replaced by Jonny Ward. Further pressure by the home side saw Ben Hornby convert a penalty to take the score to 10-3.  Then prior to halftime, as Morpeth's pack turned on the pressure at scrum time, first Dynan with a pick and drive offloaded to Elliott who did excellent work in beating a couple of defenders before sending full back Telford over for an unconverted score.

15-3 at halftime.

The second half saw the game degenerate further, first Dynan was yellow carded, he attracted another yellow (automatically a red in the final 10 minutes). The game continued its disjointed path. That did not detract from the wholehearted effort from both sides and Malton dominated a spell of 10 minutes where they scored a try from an attacking line out and sustained forward pressure.15-10.   It was back to simple rugby for Morpeth when their reliable scrum dominance forced a 5-metre scrum and penalty try. 22-10.  Malton were not to be denied and forced an unconverted try with the last play of the game. Final score 22-15.

The opposition awarded Ollie Dynan, a stand out player this season, man of the match even though he failed to finish the match.

Scoops Man of the Match Steven Long.

Saturday 5 JanuarySaturday 5 January

Results

Adam Grieve, Matty Dale – 1 try each
Andy Shippen – 3 tries
James Sander – 1 conversion & 1 penalty
MOM – Andy Shippen