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Return to rugby stage D: 010920Return to rugby stage D: 010920

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A guide to adapted contact rugby activity.

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Scoops Slot - Amy CarrScoops Slot - Amy Carr

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This weeks club member is Amy Carr

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Scoops Slot - Jack ElliottScoops Slot - Jack Elliott

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This week's club member is Jack Elliott

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Scoops Slot - John StaffordScoops Slot - John Stafford

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This week’s club member is John Stafford (Staffy)

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Geoff Sutton is back !!!Geoff Sutton is back !!!

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Scoop's second book, PROOF, a sequel to TRUST, is being launched at the club on Saturday 12 th September, from 4:30 onwards.Yet again the rugby club features under the guise of Upper Parton RFC.
Further copies will be placed behind the bar, please speak to Gary if you want to make a purchase. For each book sold on the premises a £1 donation is made to the club.
Many thanks again for your support, any positive reviews welcomed on Amazon !!!

Colin Green

AGMAGM

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The papers and supporting Financial Statements for the club AGM have been emailed out to all members using the GMS system. If they don't appear in your "Inbox" please check your Spam, Trash & Junk type folders. If you cannot find any trace of receipt please contact Peter Owens (peter.owens@morpethrfc.co.uk).

Many thanks

Ken Fraser

COME ALONG AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!COME ALONG AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!

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IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL... just yet!

The club house is open every Saturday 13.00 - 20.00pm.

We just wanted to update you on the steps we are taking to keep our club clean and safe for you and our staff. We don’t want you left disappointed. So, before you head down to see us, we’d just like to remind you that we will be opening with new regulations that comply with government guidelines.

-We are taking table bookings for inside the club-house, 13 tables available in doors, pre-book if possible, 6 people per table (from 2 households only).

-People are more than welcome to pop along, however this will be outdoor seating only.

-Everyone must be seated on arrival as we cannot allow anyone standing at the bar or elsewhere.

-It will be bar service only. There will be food service available, all cooked to order, so please allow for time.

We completely understand that the above rules will make the club experience quite different to what you are used to however the safety of staff and customers is paramount and hopefully these measures are only temporary.

Please bear with us as we get used to this new way of operating. We need your support, understanding and patience to help us get back to business as usual.

Thank you, stay safe and see you soon! Gary, Kerry and the team.

The club house is open every Saturday 13.00 - 20.0The club house is open every Saturday 13.00 - 20.0

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We are Set up and all ready to go!!

Burger and a Bottle Lager for the Gents £5.00
Bottle of Prosecco for the Ladies £12.00

Re-opening For BusinessRe-opening For Business

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Please read the attached document.

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Important Notice To All MembersImportant Notice To All Members

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Please read the attached document.

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Morpeth RFC Rugby ReportMorpeth RFC Rugby Report

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Sad to say this will be the last rugby report of the season; the clubhouse as with other institutions has been closed in accordance with current guidelines.

On a rugby front Morpeth are precariously placed, currently fighting hard to maintain their North Premier status, with the RFU decision on promotion and relegation pending. In addition, the success of teams representing the club has brought with it several un-played cup finals:

Reivers v Northern Wanderers - Candy Plate. Eds v Percy Park Lions - County Cup. Eds v WBR Vikings - Candy Trophy. Colts v Percy Park - County Cup.

There is no doubt that the rugby club, will face a difficult period over the next few months, such events as the Past Players Lunch and established Beer Festival are amongst many others that have rightly been cancelled.

Morpeth Rugby Club is not unique, and a similar set of circumstances will face many of our clubs and societies in these difficult times. It is when such superb facilities, that we almost take for granted, are removed from us, that we then realise how much we rely upon them. Morpeth Rugby is a community-based club, regularly running four senior teams, a thriving mini - junior section, and the excellent Women's and girls’ teams. Additionally, an outstanding Colts side that annually supplements the first team with top-class home-grown talent.

Yet the club provides much more, with community-based projects such as the Fireworks display and the aforesaid Beer Festival. It also offers top class Private Function facilities.

This all pales into insignificance as the Coronavirus pandemic grips the country and our thoughts go to those families who have suffered loss, pain and suffering as a result.

Please keep safe and take care: hopefully before long we can all gather again at Mitford Road, where everyone will be made welcome.

Scoops Man of the Match - Club President Gary Stephenson.

COVID-19 updateCOVID-19 update

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"In line with updated advice from HM Government the clubhouse and Gym are closed with immediate effect.

We will keep the situation under constant review and post any future changes on the site and social media pages."

Club Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) EmergencyClub Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

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The current emergency centred on the Coronavirus pandemic is presenting everyone with difficult decisions, some more than others. As individuals we are being encouraged to “do the right thing” and the same can be said of organisations. The club is not exempt from this and the Management Board met yesterday evening to consider our response to the current and
anticipated developing situation.

The decision we have come to is that we have to close for on-site business with immediate effect. This decision is based on two fundamental factors:

 A directive from the RFU that has suspended all rugby playing and group training activity until 14 April 2020
 The guidance and advice to individuals and employing organisations emanating from HM Government

We have no choice but to adhere to the directive from the RFU.

The issues associated with the second factor are, of course, voluntary and, at least for now, are up to each individual to decide for themselves. Nevertheless, based on advice from health and scientific experts, the Government has advised in very strong terms that the population in
general should stay away from clubs, pubs, bar and restaurants, avoid wherever possible social groupings and to implement social distancing.

We have taken the view that we have a duty of care both to the people that work for us and to our wider membership many of whom fall into, or may have family who fall into, the categories of people with significant added risk. We are also cognisant of the fact that social activity at the club is closely related to rugby activity and without the latter the former falls
away considerably.

The RFU will review it’s approach to rugby playing matters on 14 April and we will revisit this decision then – or before if there is any significant change in circumstances.

We hope members will understand what we have done and the reasons behind our decision.

Having said we are closed for on-site business we do remain open for off-sales (at very competitive prices), for function and event bookings outside of the “danger window” and we intend to talk with Sandra to see if there is any mileage in offering a “take-away” food service. If you are interested in either of these please speak to Gary (07740 161284).

Please also keep your eye on the club website and social media pages where we intend to post future updates.

Finally can we thank you for your understanding and support and look forward to an early return to normality.

Saturday 14th March ResultsSaturday 14th March Results

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Sandal 35-32 1st XV
Steven Long, Owen Clemett, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 try, 2 penalties, 3 conversions
MOM – Cole Wilson

West End 19-33 Stags
Dan Lynn – 1 try
Phil Divers – 2 tries
David Wall – 2 tries & 4 conversions
MOM – Phil Divers

Sandal 35-32 1st XVSandal 35-32 1st XV

Match Reports

It was yet again, close but not close enough, for a hardworking Morpeth side that put in a good away performance against a side riding high at the top of the league. Ultimately it was a two-point return for Morpeth as the home side probably deserved the spoils. Morpeth travelled with another change at half back with Ben Hornby moving to 9 and Owen Clemett playing at 10, both looked more than comfortable in their respective roles.

Morpeth had the distinct advantage of the elements in the first forty minutes, in terms of the wind and slope. They got off to a cracking start as Hornby got on the score sheet with both a converted try followed by two quick penalties. 0-13.

After such a quick start it was now time for Sandal to stake a foothold in the game, quickly reducing the deficit to three points with a converted try and penalty of their own in this see-saw encounter. 10-13.

But Morpeth weren't to be outdone and scored a good team try when following a good run by replacement Kieran Smith, backs and forwards combined before second row Long crashed over for a try converted by Hornby. 10-20.

Clemett then scored an unconverted try after some good teamwork. 10-25.

Sadly, Morpeth were unable to maintain that advantage when Sandal scored a converted try of their own before halftime. 25-17.

It was now the home side who had the elements in their favour and with this advantage they took control of the game first taking, then increasing their lead to 35-25, as the game moved to the final minutes. Then with the home side reduced to 13 men Morpeth were given a penalty, they rightly opted for an attacking scrum, where Dynan scored as forward power saw Sandal go backwards. Hornby again added the conversion.

For Morpeth, Denton again showed up well in consecutive games, however, it was Cole Wilson, outstanding this year, with another man of the match display.

Scoops Man of the Match Cole Wilson.

Blaydon 34-29 1st XVBlaydon 34-29 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made possibly their shortest away trip when they travelled south to face the current league leaders Blaydon in what proved to be an exciting encounter particularly as the game concluded. Playing on the artificial service, it allowed for free-flowing match which possibly favoured the home side whose willingness to attack from distance provided an entertaining spectacle. Morpeth battled on through, with their forwards having the edge and their cause not helped by a couple of errors that resulted in Blaydon tries. That said, no one would suggest that ultimately the better team won on the day.

Blaydon set off at a cracking pace but after 15 minutes it was Morpeth who came very close to taking the lead when Telford, playing at 9, charged down a kick and the follow up touch down unfortunately occurred on the dead ball line. But on 20 minutes the home side took the lead when after intense pressure, and a Morpeth sinbinning, a quickly taken penalty saw the skilful fly half Carey score. 5-0.

The sinbinning proved very costly for Morpeth, with two more home scores making the score 17-0, in Blaydon's favour after 30 minutes.

Then Morpeth gained a foothold in the game, Ward, who was sound throughout, caught, then chipped ahead, regathered and from recycled possession, Hornby kicked through for Craigs to score. 17-5.

Blaydon finished the half with an excellent counter attacking score prompted by the outstanding full back Foreman. 22-5.

The second half saw Blaydon increase their lead as Morpeth tried to match the home side's tempo, but another error saw another home side score. 27-5.

But Morpeth's spirit again shone through in the last quarter when they really took the game to the home side. Back rowers, Dynan, Denton and Craigs, together with prop Cole Wilson were outstanding performers. On 60 minutes left wing Jardine went over wide out, after Craigs supplied a scoring pass. 27-10.

Further Morpeth forward dominance came when Burnham did well to gather a line out, then a forward drive saw Josh Williams go over for Hornby to add the extras. 27-17.

Unfortunately for Morpeth the momentum came to a halt as a charged down kick saw another home try. 34-17.

But Morpeth weren't to be outdone, from a dominant scrum Denton went over on 72 minutes. 34-22.

Then again forward pressure, this time a home sinbinning saw numerous attacking scrums resulting in penalty after penalty before the inevitable happened with a Morpeth penalty try after Craigs expertly controlled a difficult ball at number 8. 34-29.

It was therefore a relieved Blaydon team that brought the game to a conclusion by kicking the ball out of play. Final score 34-29.

It was a gutsy loss for Morpeth who still came away with a crucial 2 points.

Scoops Man of the Match Cole Wilson

Morpeth Farmers 59-7 Newcastle AgricsMorpeth Farmers 59-7 Newcastle Agrics

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The 8th Annual Morpeth Farmers v Newcastle Agrics took place, at the Club, on Wednesday 4th of March in front of a good crowd and as usual served up yet another excellent game of rugby with the Farmers just proving to be too strong for the second year in a row.

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 8 games currently played, the Farmers have won 6 and the Agrics 2 – the aggregate score is now Farmers 209-125 Agrics, however 2 years ago this aggregate score was actually 111-110 in the Agrics favour.

The winning team is presented with The David Turnbull Trophy, first presented in 2002, which Farmers Captain Steve Evans collected this time with the Farmers beating the Agrics 59-7.

The Ali Johnson Man of the Match Trophy was awarded to the Farmers George Hogg – 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 George beating the Agrics Hayden McKenzie.

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 Andy McDonough.

2021 fixture will be Wednesday 3rd March 4.15pm kick-off!!

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Saturday 7th March ResultsSaturday 7th March Results

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Blaydon 34-29 1st XV
Mickey Craigs, Jake Jardine, Josh Williams, Matt Denton – 1 try each
Penalty try
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion
MOM – Cole Wilson

Reivers 24-14 Blaydon II
Callum Simpson, Craig Donnelly, Elliott Clark – 1 try each
Paul Wonders – 3 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Bertie Hinson

Northern Panthers 37-5 Stags
Aarin Neder – 1 try
MOM – Phil Divers

Colts 22-6 Gala
Joe Finney, Tim Letts, Rory Norton – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 1 penalty & 2 conversions
MOM - Joe Finney

Saturday 7th March Kick-off TimesSaturday 7th March Kick-off Times

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Reivers v Blaydon II (H) – 2PM
Colts v Gala (H) – 2PM
1st XV v Blaydon (A) – 3PM
Stags v Northern Panthers (A) – 3PM

England v Wales @ Twickenham – 4.45PM – on in clubhouse

8th Morpeth Beer Festival8th Morpeth Beer Festival

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Full weekend with live music, rugby & fully stocked bars...
Weekend pass can be bought in advance from 1st March 2020 through Facebook, Morpeth Rugby Club and Grape & Grain in Morpeth.

£12 weekend ticket - includes admission, festival glass, 2 beer tokens & programme - it is advised to please buy passes before event.

Live music - North East singer/sax player Jason Isaacds "kicks" the weekend off on the Friday night & Morpeth Rock Band 'Siren' will finish everything off on the Saturday night

** Please note ** If paying through PayPal, confirmation email from PayPal is proof of admission - please present for entery over the weekend **

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Saturday 29th February ResultsSaturday 29th February Results

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1st XV 19-8 Lymm
Bentley Brown – 1 try
Ollie Dynan – 2 tries
Kieran Smith – 2 conversions
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Northern Wanderers 21-28 Eds
Adam Savage, Paul Borg, Jonny Lishman, James Slater
Adam Cutts – 4 conversions
MOM – Paul Borg

Ponteland II 40-10 Stags
Aarin Neder, Pete Howie – 1 try each
MOM – Pete Howie

Colts 17-39 Melrose
Lewis Urwin, Rory Norton – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Josh Cook

1st XV 19-8 Lymm1st XV 19-8 Lymm

Match Reports

It was a hard-fought victory for the home side as they overcame a Lymm side who had made the long journey to Mitford Road. It was a match that they just about deserved to win, never a classic, with many errors on a blustery afternoon. The match was one of only three that took place in North Premier as the weather took its toll. Yet, Morpeth's victory was crucial in their fight for survival.

The first half saw Lymm playing with the elements and dominating proceedings. The home side being unable to get a foothold, in terms of territory, but somehow Morpeth held firm with both organisation and spirit, together with some desperation. This all took place when, number 8 Dynan was sinbinned. A few strong runs by Craigs and Long led by the outstanding and hardworking Wilson bought some rest bite but overall Lymm squandered their opportunities as the home defence stood firm.

However, on 35 minutes Lymm deservedly went ahead when ironically, despite their excellent work, a Morpeth mistake gave them an attacking scrum deep in the home 22 which led to right wing Nolan go over wide out. 0-5.

Lymm ended the half with a penalty by Beesley which unluckily hit a post.

Halftime 0-5.

The second half saw Morpeth take the lead on 45 minutes, a good attacking line out, led by skipper Hill, saw Dynan take an excellent line beating defenders with a storming run to touch down for debutant left wing Smith to kick a good conversion.7-5.

The home advantage lasted only a few minutes before Lymm converted a penalty to regain a slender lead. 7-8.

But Morpeth were now dominating in terms of territory and on 52 minutes, after backs and forwards combined it was that man Dynan again, taking an excellent line, showing pace and power to beat defenders to score, a super individual effort. 12-8.

The next score on 65 minutes effectively won the game and despite Dynan's heroics, was the best try, with Clemett chipping over the Lymm defence for Tait to gather at pace before passing inside to fellow centre Brown who touched down by the posts for Smith to convert. 19-8.

Despite Lymm attacking desperately Morpeth held out for this crucial win. It was a typical performance from number 8 Dynan, initially frustrating, but eventually match winning.

Scoops Man of the Match Ollie Dynan.

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Reivers 21-15 Percy Park LionsReivers 21-15 Percy Park Lions

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Morpeth won through to the Candy Cup final with a hard-fought victory against a strong Percy Park outfit who pushed them all the way. That said, the better side took the spoils and the home side deserved to win.

It was a game that took place,' over the road,' due to the poor weather but a good crowd enjoyed a competitive semi-final played out in an exceptionally strong wind. Park had the elements with them in the first 40 minutes yet Morpeth with their forwards heavily reliant on Donnelly, Dickinson, Menzies and Number 8 Clark, kept matters tight with frequent forward drives. It was from one such incursion into Park's 22 when the ball was released wide for a potential home score only for Park to intercept a Morpeth try scoring pass then run the length of the field for a score of their own. 0-5.

This did not deter the home side who came back with a score of their own on 15 minutes when centre Bentley Brown crashed over after Donnelly had made the crucial break. Impressive full back Smith added the extras. 7-5.

Then Grieve expertly put right wing Tom Lakey into space for the right wing to step his way to the line from 60 metres out. Again, Smith added the extras.14-5 on 25 minutes.

But Park were not to be outdone and from a quickly taken penalty scored a converted try before the interval. 14-12 half-time score.

Despite being against the elements Park took the lead when backs and forwards combined forcing the home side to concede a well struck penalty. 14-15.

The remainder of the game was mostly played in the Park half, with the home side sealing victory when, from a close-range scrum Clark's pace saw him shatter the remaining Park defence to crash over for another converted try. 21-15.

Park were not to be outdone and were a constant threat, but the home side held out, making it through to a final against Northern Wanderers.

Scoops Man of the Match - Iain Menzies

Saturday 22nd February ResultsSaturday 22nd February Results

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Reivers 21-15 Percy Park Lions – Candy Cup Semi-Final
Bentley Brown, Tom Lakey, Elliott Clark – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 3 conversions
MOM – Iain Menzies
Reivers will now play Northern Wanderers in the Final – date to be agreed Thursday 8th to Saturday 18th of April

Winlaton Vulcans II 34-19 Stags
Theo Gavaghan, Paul Borg, Archie Singer – 1 try each
Sam Thompson – 2 conversions
MOM – Dan Lynn

Rossendale 38-5 1st XVRossendale 38-5 1st XV

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Storm Dennis came early for a Morpeth side who made a long but ultimately unsuccessful trip as they continued their quest for North Premier survival. Given the predicted forecast the game kicked off slightly earlier than planned before the conditions worsened.

That said, it was Rossendale who had the elements in their favour in a first half in which they dominated, particularly at half back where the home side were able to assert total control. Scores came at regular intervals in the first 40 minutes as Rossendale held a deserved and comfortable 21-0 lead.

Although this was only a three-score advantage Morpeth were unable to assert the control demonstrated by the home side. As a result, a second half score of 17-5 in favour of Rossendale proved they were worthy winners. Scrum half Clemett was Morpeth' lone try scorer.

Although the result was a disappointment after last week's excellent home performance against Billingham other scores in the relegation dogfight went in Morpeth's favour. There is still much to play for.

Scoops Man of the Match Steven Long.

Saturday 15th February ResultsSaturday 15th February Results

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Rossendale 38-5 1st XV
Owen Clemett – 1 try
MOM – Steven Long

Reivers 52-5 Novos II
Miles Gavaghan, Steve Irving, Steve Evans – 1 try each
Ian Grieve, Fergus Simpson, Ryan Hope – 2 tries each
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 1 conversion
MOM – Ian Grieve

Stags 10-29 Tynedale Centurions
Alfie Mather, George Deveraux-Tinley – 1 try each
MOM – Alfie Mather

Saturday 8th February ResultsSaturday 8th February Results

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1st XV 32-19 Billingham
Sam Hornby, Jake Jardine, Steven Long – 1 try each
Penalty try
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties & 2 conversions
MOM – Andrew Telford

Reivers 25-7 Billingham II
Tom Lakey, Simon Manley, Rob Leiper, Iain Menzies – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 1 conversion
Paul Wonders – 1 penalty
MOM – Paul Wonders

Ponteland II 40-26 Eds
Adam Savage, Andy Higginbottom, Paul Borg – 1 try each
Adam Lawn – 1 try & 3 conversions
MOM – Jonny Lishman

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Sunday 9th February ResultSunday 9th February Result

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County Cup Semi-Final

WBR Colts 14-29 Colts
Matty Lamont – 1 try
Mick Smart – 3 tries
George Ayliffe – 3 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – George Ayliffe, Mick Smart, Rory Norton

Final is on Sunday 19th April @ Kingston Park – 3pm kick-off

1st XV 32-19 Billingham1st XV 32-19 Billingham

Match Reports

This was an excellent maximum return for a Morpeth side that provided a much-needed boost to the Mitford Road faithful. On a relatively calm afternoon the home side were good value for the victory which will hopefully act as a springboard as we move towards the latter stages of the season.

Billingham were thoroughly entertaining throughout with fly half and captain Peter Evans, pulling the strings; a real class act.

The game had a dynamic opening when Morpeth literally demolished a Billingham scrum before home number 8 Dynan made the first of many significant runs in the first half. Yet it was Billingham who took the lead on 20 minutes, a more than reasonable kick by scrum half Clemett saw a lackadaisical chase, a missed tackle, that saw Morpeth bereft of players as the enterprising Billingham backs took full advantage for a converted score. 0-7.

For the remainder of the half Morpeth playing against the elements arguably produced some of their best rugby of the season. Full back Telford was popping up here and everywhere and on 25 minutes he and Dynan contrived to give right wing Sam Hornby an opportunity which went astray. A Devereux break saw Dynan this time, just failing to take his try scoring opportunity.

On 30 minutes winger Sam Hornby this time made no mistake; first Clemett then Dynan combined for Hornby to race over from 22 metres to touch down wide out. 5-7.

Back again came the home side and after a Billingham charged down kick, it appeared Long had scored but the referee adjudged differently.

Yet Morpeth finished the half in the ascendancy, Jake Jardine intercepted before running 70 metres for a try converted by Ben Hornby. Hornby was on the mark again with another well struck penalty just before the halftime whistle. 12- 7.

Playing with the elements in the second half, Morpeth made a cracking start when Billingham knocked on fly half Ben Hornby increased their lead to 15-7.

It was end to end stuff as Billingham, looking to run the ball at every opportunity, created pressure on the home line, and after numerous phases burrowed over near the posts to reduce the deficit with a converted try. 15-14.

By using the conditions and kicking downfield, a set piece close to the Billingham line was always going to prove difficult for the Teesiders, and on 50 minutes after two attacking scrums where the Morpeth side looked to push over, the referee awarded a 7-point penalty try. 22-14.

Then on 60 minutes, as Morpeth's domination increased, an excellent Hornby kick from a penalty set up another set piece deep in the visitors 22. From the attacking line out and subsequent pressure, second row Long crashed over a converted try.

There was then a concern for the home side as prop Moody was sin binned for a no arms tackle close to the Billingham line! But Morpeth held out and Hornby sealed the deal with a final penalty on 75 minutes. 32-19.

Such an important and impressive win for Morpeth with all the newcomers in Devereux, Clemett, Jackson and Denton all making significant contributions.

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford.

Saturday 1st February ResultsSaturday 1st February Results

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Wirral 54-11 1st XV
Owen Clemett – 1 try
Jake McKay – 2 penalties
MOM – Owen Clemett

Reivers 20-14 Tynedale Raiders
Steve Irving, Ryan Hope, Elliott Clark – 1 try each
Kieran Smith – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Simon Manley

Berwick Bears 77-7 Stags
Peter Joyner – 1 try
Adam Lawn – 1 conversion
MOM – Jonny Lishman

Peebles Colts 5-15 Colts
Joe Finney, Matty Lamont, George Ayliffe – 1 try each
MOM – Joe Finney

Saturday 25th January ResultsSaturday 25th January Results

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Medicals II 33-45 Eds
Elliott Clark, David Lynn, Dan Lynn, Adam Grieve – 1 try each
Paul Borg – 2 tries
James Sander – 1 try & 5 conversions
MOM – Paul Borg

Stags 85-0 West End
Aarin Neder, Steve Evans, Steven Rogers, Andy Higginbottom, Callum Lamb – 1 try each
Ryan Watson – 2 tries
Owen Clemett, Tom Manley – 3 tries each
Steve Irving – 1 try & 3 conversions
Paul Wonders – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Owen Clemett

Colts 19-29 Kelso Colts
Mick Smart, Matty Lamont – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Rory Norton

1st XV 8-17 Alnwick1st XV 8-17 Alnwick

Match Reports

With both sides involved in a struggle to maintain their North Premier league status this was a crucial encounter. This, together with the long rivalry between the two sides attracted a bumper crowd to Mitford Road when both teams took the field, on a clear but cold January Saturday.

Although the game itself was never a classic, Alnwick were fully deserving of their victory despite a spirited Morpeth side, who threatened for periods but were ultimately outdone by their well organised and more enterprising opposition.

It was Alnwick who dominated the early stages and took the lead on 10 minutes, when scrum half Moralee, the classiest player on view, broke blind on a stunning run that eventually won his side an attacking line out from where Alnwick rumbled over, through skipper Hamish Burn, for a converted score. 0-7.

Morpeth then got a foothold in the game, when the Morpeth back row of Williams, Dynan and Craigs threatened the home defence who conceded a penalty that Jake McKay confidently converted from some 30 metres. 3-7.

The score gave the home side confidence with right wing Sam Hornby coolly taking a misguided Alnwick kick then setting off on a clever run.

Alnwick then turned the screw as the match moved towards the interval running through several phases close to Morpeth's line where a well organised, determined home defence frantically repelled several attacking phases.

Halftime score 3-7.

Morpeth began the second half kicking towards the changing rooms and were the most prominent side immediately after the interval. The pressure was rewarded on 50 minutes when from an attacking line out, second row Millington crashed over. 8-7.

Immediately from the restart a cardinal Morpeth error allowed Alnwick a penalty chance which was squandered. The restart had given an opportunity for the home side, now in the lead, to clear their lines and get straight back into the opposition half, but that had disappeared without trace. Although that penalty was missed this seemed to galvanise an Alnwick side continually prompted by Moralee.

On 58 minutes Alnwick took the lead when numerous phases and then quick hands gave left wing George Brewis the chance to run clear and touchdown wide out. 8-12.

Alnwick were now on top as Morpeth's Millington was very fortunate just to escape with a sinbinning after offending close on the home 22 metre line.

It was now some excellent defending from 14-man Morpeth, before on 70 minutes Moralee sealed victory after some extended phases of play released him with time and space to beat the last defender and score. 8-17.

The game ended with Morpeth restored to 15 players camped in Alnwick's half in a determined to win a bonus point, but it was not to be, and the best side won on the day.

Dave Routledge, much respected past member of both clubs, man of the match trophy Alnwick's Peter Moralee.

Scoops Morpeth Man of the Match Cole Wilson.

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Ranters @ Ashington in Vets TournamentRanters @ Ashington in Vets Tournament

Match Reports

60+ Vets from 4 Clubs enjoyed a good night of social rugby, Ranters (11) merged with WB Rockliff (11). Game 2 played all Ranters + 4 WBR, Game 3 played all WBR + 4 Ranters each half (8 total).

Results:
Game 1 - Ashington Colliers 24-0 Novos
Game 2 - Morpeth Ranters (+ WBR) 17-10 Novos (T: WBR, Phil Divers, D Lamont; C: S Cox)
Game 3 - WB Rockliff (+ Ranters) 5-14 Ashington Colliers

Saturday 18th January ResultsSaturday 18th January Results

Results

1st XV 8-17 Alnwick
James Millington – 1 try
Jake McKay – 1 penalty
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Alnwick II 38-19 Reivers
Miles Gavaghan, John Deveraux, Owen Clemett – 1 try each
Steve Irving, Paul Wonders – 1 conversion each
MOM – Ben Jackson

Durham City Saracens 58-7 Stags
Peter Joyner – 1 try
Archie Singer – 1 conversion
MOM – ALL of the Stags for travelling to play a very difficult double header Aln league game

Hawick Youth 54-0 Colts

Friday 17th January Results

Eds 61 – 0 Alnwick Lions
Ethan Dodds, Steven Rogers, Paul Borg, Adam Grieve, Herman Jonas – 1 try each
Richie Stephenson – 3 tries
James Sander 1 try & 8 conversions
MOM – Andy Whitfield

Ranters @ Ashington in Vets Tournament;
60+ Vets from 4 Clubs enjoyed a good night of social rugby, Ranters (11) merged with WB Rockliff (11). Game 2 played all Ranters + 4 WBR, Game 3 played all WBR + 4 Ranters each half (8 total).

Results;
Game 1 - Ashington Colliers 24-0 Novos
Game 2 - Morpeth Ranters (+ WBR) 17-10 Novos (T: WBR, Phil Divers, D Lamont; C: S Cox)
Game 3 - WB Rockliff (+ Ranters) 5-14 Ashington Colliers

Saturday 11th January ResultsSaturday 11th January Results

Results

Blackburn 58-33 1st XV
Ollie Dynan, Sam Hornby, Cole Wilson, Jake Jardine – 1 try each
Jake McKay – 1 try & 4 conversions
MOM – Cole Wilson

Eds 36-7 WBR Vikings
David Lynn, Adam Savage, Josh McKay, Theo Gavaghan, Kieran Smith, Bob Wilson – 1 try each
Adam Cutts – 3 conversions
MOM – Paul Borg/Adam Cutts

Tynedale Centurions 15-23 Stags
Dan Lynn, Owen Clemett, Joe Nelless – 1 try each
Paul Wonders – 2 penalties & 1 conversion
MOM – Owen Clemett

Blackburn 58-33 1st XVBlackburn 58-33 1st XV

Match Reports

It was a severe case of too little too late for a Morpeth side that made the long journey to the north west to take on a strong Blackburn outfit, who ran out comfortable winners against the Mitford Road outfit who worked hard to come away with a losing bonus point that may prove to be vital in their quest to remain in North Premier.

After a difficult journey Morpeth faced a strong wind in the first half, with conditions being a feature throughout. Ultimately the first 15 minutes or so separated the sides with the home side completely dominant. It was a deficit that Morpeth could never recover from. The situation was made worse with the loss of strong running centre Bentley Brown.

Albeit they had faced the strong wind in the first 40 minutes a score line of 31-12 in Blackburn's favour put the match beyond Morpeth.

With the help of the elements in the second half the scoring was almost level. Morpeth showing some spirit in securing a late 4 try bonus point.

Scorers on the day Ollie Dynan, Cole Wilson, Jake Jardine, Sam Hornby and Jake McKay who also kicked 4 conversions.

Scoops Man of the Match Cole Wilson

Saturday 4th January ResultsSaturday 4th January Results

Results

1st XV 10-13 Macclesfield
Ollie Dynan – 1 try
Jake Mckay – 1 conversion & 1 penalty
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Novos II 7-40 Reivers
Ryan Watson, Simon Manley, Tom Lakey, Graeme Younger – 1 try each
David Lynn – 2 tries
Fraser Boldy – 5 conversions
MOM – Jordan Wilkinson

South Shields Westoe II 35-27 Eds
Paul Borg, Herman Jonas, Adam Savage – 1 try each
Ethan Dodds – 2 tries
Adam Cutts – 1 conversion
MOM – Theo Gavaghan

Ryton II 24-29 Stags
Callum Lamb – 1 try
Jo Forsythe – 3 tries
Mark Davidson – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Ben Gascoigne

Gala Wanderers Colts 45-12 Colts
Mick Smart, Matty Lamont – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 1 conversion
MOM – Isaac Welfare

1st XV 10-13 Macclesfield1st XV 10-13 Macclesfield

Match Reports

Happy New Year!

In many ways this was a strange match to greet 2020 with Morpeth eventually losing by a narrow margin. No one could deny that the better side deserved to win, indeed at halftime the visitors must have been wondering how on earth, they were only a single try to the good; as a mixture of poor finishing and wrong options against desperate home defending, saw them frustrated.

The second half saw a reinvigorated Morpeth side, shake off the festive lethargy to really,' take it,' to the opposition. Indeed a 3-point chance with a final penalty, which if taken, would have given the home side a draw that looked hardly likely at halftime.

A kick for the corner was the preferred option?

The game began with Morpeth kicking towards the changing rooms. On 4 minutes the game sprung into life, Dynan, outstanding, but more importantly, disciplined throughout, timed his pickup from number 8 perfectly to go on a rampaging run that took him close to the line, only for Macclesfield full back Longworth to defend superbly.

Then Macclesfield really took the game to Morpeth as backs and forwards combined to pressurise the home defence with centre Sam Hornby making two crucial interceptions preventing certain scores.

Just when it looked as though Morpeth could hold out to halftime ironically a simple one up missed tackle allowed Macclesfield to take a deserved lead with an unconverted try on 40 minutes. 0-5.

The second half proved a different affair with Morpeth producing a spirited display, particularly when on 55 minutes the home side conceded a controversial try which appeared to be a case of crossing as centre Broster took full advantage to storm over. 0-10.

But back came Morpeth with replacement half backs Irving and Simpson proving both composed and competent. Home pressure allowed McKay to be just short with a long-range effort before Morpeth scored a well worked try, when from a lineout on the Macclesfield 22, first Millington broke clear before handing onto the ever-alert Dynan to touch down for McKay to add a further two points with a well struck conversion. 7-10.

Then with impressive full back Telford coming to the fore with linking runs and forwards Dickinson and Dynan, helped by centre Brown, began to create pressure on the visitors for McKay to make the scores level with another penalty.10-10.

The visitors, thanks to the probing of scrum half Stelmaszek, an outstanding performer on the day, were able to increase their lead with a penalty on 72 minutes. 10-13.

It led to a frantic final few minutes and that final penalty decision to end the 80 minutes, with the visitors thoroughly deserving their win.

Scoops Man of the Match Ollie Dynan.

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Snitter 29-12 Sheepwash Snitter 29-12 Sheepwash

Results

A Boxing Day classic took place in an entertaining encounter between these two well established interclub sides in the annual match Snitter v Sheepwash clash which recently became a memorial to Tom Duckworth who sadly passed away prior to the 2018 encounter.

By way of introduction a background to the two teams are as follows;

Sheepwash RFC– a village near Ashington – Sheepwash rugby team was formed in 1973 to play a game against Ponteland Teacher Training College – Gordon Wilkinson pulled the side together, based on players who were born or lived near to Sheepwash/River Wansbeck.

Graham Jobling was the Captain of the College team in the first game & then also played rugby for Morpeth.

Notable player – Martin Calder (former England Colts player).

1st Captain – Gordon Wilkinson.

Snitter RFC- a hamlet near Rothbury – Snitter Barbarians rugby team was formed in 1977 to play firstly in Walter Casey’s Beer 7s at Morpeth where they went on to win the Plate beating Morpeth Stags. In 1979 they began to play regular 15s games against Border Park initially when Kielder Dam was being built & notably in 1982 in the last game at Border Parks old ground before it was flooded to form part of Kielder Reservoir – Jimmy Pringle & Kenny Davidson pulled the initial sides together, based on players who were born or lived in the Snitter/Rothbury area near to the River Coquet, whilst they were building the dam.

Notable players – Martin Calder (former England Colts player), Alan Old (former England & British Lions player), Dean Ryan (former England player), Paul Mooney (former England U18s Captain).

1st Captain – Jimmy Pringle.

As is the norm in the annual fixture the following families were represented;
Snitter:
Fathers & Sons – Gus & Joe Nelless, Mick & Jonny Lishman, Sam & Dave Lamont.
Brothers – Sam & Tom Lakey, Adam & Ian Grieve, George & Will Aynsley.

Sheepwash:
Father & Son – Stephen & Henry Rank.
Brothers – Fin & Gregor Belfield

There are some matches where the occasion is bigger than the game and, in many ways, this was the case. However, it was a compelling and competitive encounter with both sides fully contributing and assisted by sound refereeing.

Snitter took an early lead with 2 well taken tries before an excellent Sheepwash score via a cross field kick. Snitter crossed from close range to increase their halftime lead. The same side drew away in the second half with two converted tries before a length of the field score by Sheepwash making the final score 29-12.

Back in the clubhouse the celebrations continued with Sam Lamont being the second recipient of the Tom Duckworth Man of the Match Trophy, presented by former club president and Tom's father, Sam Duckworth.

Snitter points scorers – Ian Grieve, Sam Lamont, Jacob Wragg, Cade Whitfield, Will Aynsley – 1 try each and Bertie Hinson 2 conversions.

Sheepwash points scorers – Gregor Belfield, Harry Young – 1 try each and Andy Bradley 1 conversion.

Boxing Day Results – 2011 to 2019: Snitter Barbarians 6-3 Sheepwash
9 year aggregate score: Snitter Barbarians 165-124 Sheepwash
2011 - Snitter 22-20 Sheepwash
2012 - Snitter 32-14 Sheepwash
2013 - Sheepwash 10-9 Snitter – boat race - no game - pitches unplayable
2014 - Sheepwash 29-17 Snitter
2015 - Snitter 7-6 Sheepwash - bar games - no game - pitches unplayable (Darts, Pool, Dominoes & Boat Race)
2016 - Snitter 29-7 Sheepwash (MOM – Mick Lishman – Snitter)
2017 – Sheepwash 27-19 Snitter (MOM – Jonny Roxburgh – Snitter)
2018 – Snitter 30-27 Sheepwash (Tom Duckworth Man of Match – Will Aynsley – Snitter)
2019 – Snitter 29-12 Sheepwash (Tom Duckworth Man of Match – Sam Lamont – Snitter)

Saturday 28th December ResultsSaturday 28th December Results

Results

Ashington XV 19-29 Morpeth XV
Josh McKay, David Dickinson, Miles Gavaghan, Tom Lakey, Dan Lynn – 1 try each
Kieran Porter, Graham Crozier – 1 conversion each
MOM – Josh McKay

Colts 14-29 Jed Thistle
Fergus Simpson, Matt Lamont – 1 try each
George Ayliffe – 2 conversions
MOM – George Ayliffe

Saturday 21st December ResultsSaturday 21st December Results

Results

WBR Vikings 37-26 Eds
Fergus Simpson, Josh McKay, James Sander – 1 try each
Andy Bradley – 1 try & 3 conversions
MOM – Josh McKay

Stags 26-3 Northern Panthers
Steve Evans, Bob Wilson, Gregor Belfield, Matty Dale – 1 try each
Bertie Hinson – 3 conversions
MOM – Bertie Hinson

Boxing Day GameBoxing Day Game

General

9th Annual Boxing Day Game – Thursday 26th December 2019

Morpeth Sheepwash v Morpeth Snitter Barbarians – 2pm kick-off
Sheepwash eligibility – born or live near River Wansbeck
Snitter eligibility – born or live near River Coquet

Clubhouse open from 1pm

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Due to the time of year there will be a pitch inspection at 1.40pm (& not before) with the Referee & 2 Captains to check there is a playable pitch and if not a bar games competition will go ahead - Darts, Pool, Dominoes & a Boat Race.

Harrogate 13-3 1st XVHarrogate 13-3 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth travelled to high flying Harrogate with a slightly changed backline due to injury, illness and unavailability. The match took place on a bitterly cold day with the spectacle not helped by a strong cross wind producing heavy showers throughout the game.

Ultimately it was a match that Morpeth could have won. They easily dominated, in terms of territory, were at least equal in terms of possession, but were taught a significant lesson in making the most of their opportunities.

The first half started with both sides coming to terms with the tricky conditions. But on 10 minutes with almost their first incursion in the Morpeth 22, Harrogate took the lead with a well taken score. They began to run through the phases, stretching the defence when Back row Dodds took an excellent line, galloping in and scoring underneath the posts for a converted try to give his side a 10-point lead.

It was interesting to note that the game in the first half was crammed into one side of the pitch largely due to the strong cross wind. Yet it was Morpeth who dominated territory but hardly ever really threatened the home line. On 20 minutes Sam Hornby took a line that saw him come just short. Then Number 8 Dynan and prop Cole Wilson produced strong running for the Mitford Road outfit but ultimately Morpeth didn't create chances being unable to convert pressure into points, with only a Ben Hornby penalty to show for their efforts. 7-3 on 35 minutes.

It had to be said that Harrogate's defence was both resilient and well organised.

Worse was to come for Morpeth when, just before the interval Harrogate increased their lead, when they made inroads into Morpeth's half and converted another penalty. It was a classic of taking your chances.10-3 the halftime score.

The second half saw Morpeth again take the initiative and on 55 minutes Hornby was wide with a penalty opportunity. Yet again they failed to really threaten the Harrogate line despite playing with endeavour and passion. Apart from a couple of wayward kicks, full back Telford provide a sound performance and Elliott scrapped it out at scrum half with a determined display. Great credit also to Simon Manley who, despite a lack of game time, played well.

The game and a possible bonus point disappeared for Morpeth when on 75 minutes a well struck penalty saw Harrogate to a match winning lead and final score of 13-3.

Scoops Man of the Match Jack Elliott

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Results

Harrogate 13-3 1st XV
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Stags 48-5 Novos III
Adam Savage, Theo Gavaghan, James Sander, Steven Rogers, Tom Lakey – 1 try each
Andy Bradley – 3 tries & 4 conversions
MOM – Andy Bradley

Tynedale Colts 38-26 Colts
Josh Gair – 1 try
Michael Smart – 3 tries
George Ayliffe – 3 conversions
MOM – Josh Gair

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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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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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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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

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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

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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.

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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