Saturday 12th October ResultsSaturday 12th October 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

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

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


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.
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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.
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.
14th Annual Dinner Dance at the Club – Friday 8th May 2020 - 6.30 for 7pm

Fizz Reception.
4 Course Meal.
Live Band – Border Land - -
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.

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Saturday 5th October ResultsSaturday 5th October 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 28th September ResultsSaturday 28th September 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


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


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

Saturday 14th September ResultsSaturday 14th September 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


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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North Shields 5-69 1st XVNorth Shields 5-69 1st XV

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


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Alnwick RFC Summer FestivalAlnwick RFC Summer Festival


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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