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Scoops Slot – David DickinsonScoops Slot – David Dickinson


This week’s club member is David Dickinson

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Scoops Slot – David PringleScoops Slot – David Pringle


This week’s club member is David Pringle

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Scoops Slot – Duncan & Angus NellessScoops Slot – Duncan & Angus Nelless


This week’s club members are Duncan & Angus Nelless

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Scoops Slot – John RobsonScoops Slot – John Robson


This week’s club member is John Robson

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Norman WisemanNorman Wiseman


It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death on the Feb.4th of Norman Wiseman. Norman had been both a Club Captain and a Club President.

Norman was educated at Gateshead Grammar School and then Hatfield College which was part of the Durham Colleges and Durham University. After leaving Durham he got a post teaching in the Reading area and played his rugby for the Wasps Club.

In September 1960 he became Physics Master at Morpeth Grammar School and began playing rugby for the Morpeth Old Edwardians. In his first season under the captaincy of John Robson he played 31 of the club’s 34 games.

In only his second season at Morpeth he was appointed Club Captain, 1961/2, in what turned out to become the best season that the Club had ever had. The Club lost only 4 games out of 33, scored a record number of tries (110), scored a record number of points (513 when tries were worth only 3 points) and the side were unbeaten until the last week in January.

In his second season as Captain in 1962/3 the rugby programme was marred by the severe winter when there was no rugby from the beginning of December to the beginning of March. The 1st XV only lost 6 of their 22 games and at the end of the season played in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final against the very strong Gosforth side at the old County ground. In the local newspaper on the Monday morning after the final which we lost 0-16, John Pargeter the Rugby correspondent wrote ”with the approval of all who watched I wish to offer a hearty vote of thanks to all 30 players who made the Final such an enjoyable encounter”. At the end of the season Norman organised the Club’s first ever Easter tour to Reading.

Norman played a few games in the 1963/4 season and then retired from playing but continued to be part of the Club – becoming Club President for two years between 1975-1977. He was President when our new Clubhouse was officially opened in Jan.1977.

Norman left Morpeth Grammar School to become Headmaster in Gateshead and then Headmaster at Astley High school in Seaton Delaval. He became a keen golfer at the Alnmouth Foxton Golf Club and enjoyed an outdoor life walking, fishing, and shooting.

The Club sends its condolences to his wife Ros, son David and daughter Catherine.

Scoops Slot – John DungaitScoops Slot – John Dungait


This week’s club member is John Dungait

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Scoops Slot – Peter KirkupScoops Slot – Peter Kirkup


This week’s club member is Peter Kirkup

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Scoops Slot – Duncan HuttonScoops Slot – Duncan Hutton


This week’s club member is Duncan Hutton

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Scoops Slot – John ElliottScoops Slot – John Elliott


This week’s club member is John Elliott

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Scoops Slot – Tony MoodyScoops Slot – Tony Moody


This week’s club member is Tony Moody

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Scoops Slot – Harry KennedyScoops Slot – Harry Kennedy


This week’s club member is Harry Kennedy

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Scoops Slot – Adam Savage Scoops Slot – Adam Savage


This week’s club member is Adam Savage

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Scoops Slot – Ben HornbyScoops Slot – Ben Hornby


This week’s club member is Ben Hornby

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Annual Awards for season 2019-2020Annual Awards for season 2019-2020


George Brown Cup (for a Club Members contribution on/off the field) – The Grieve Family
1st XV Player of the Year (Aztec Cup – in recognition of the work of Peter Kirkup) – Cole Wilson
1st XV Tie (25 games or 80% of competitive games played but a minimum of 20 games in 1 season) – Ian Burnham, Cole Wilson, Bentley Brown
Players Ties (25 games or 80% of games but a minimum of 20 games in 1 season for any Morpeth senior team) – Ryan Watson, Callum Lamb, Steven Long, Aarin Neder, Steve Evans
Club Top Try Scorer (W.G. Hewitt Cup) – Adam Savage
Young Player of the Year (Bill Charlton Memorial Trophy) – Cole Wilson
Reivers Player of the Year (Sam Duckworth Trophy) – Elliott Clark
Edwardians Player of the Year (Bryan Lawrence Memorial Trophy) – Paul Borg
Stags Player of the Year (George Hakin Memorial Trophy) – Peter Joyner
Colts Player of the Year (in recognition of the work of Jimmy Pringle) – Ryan Charlton
Ralph Appleby Salver (for an Under 16s contribution on/off the field) – Jake Hewitt & Will Jobling
Age Grade Coach of the Year (Mike Brunskill Memorial Cup) – Dave Reed

Scoops Slot – Ben SandallScoops Slot – Ben Sandall


This week’s club member is Ben Sandall

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Scoops Slot – Chris LishmanScoops Slot – Chris Lishman


This week’s club member is Chris Lishman

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Scoops Slot – Stephen ParsonsScoops Slot – Stephen Parsons


This week’s club member is Stephen Parsons

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Scoops Slot – Gary StephensonScoops Slot – Gary Stephenson


This week’s club member is Gary Stephenson

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Morpeth RFC Bonfire & Fireworks StatementMorpeth RFC Bonfire & Fireworks Statement


It is with deep regret that due to Covid restrictions Morpeth RFC have made the decision to cancel this year's Bonfire and Fireworks display.

We will hopefully be back next year on Sunday 6th November 2021 bigger and better than before, looking forward to seeing you all then, in the meantime stay safe and take care.

Scoops Slot – Ryan CharltonScoops Slot – Ryan Charlton


This week’s club member is Ryan Charlton

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Scoops Slot - Rob ParkinsonScoops Slot - Rob Parkinson


This weeks club member is Rob Parkinson

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Bar Notice: Covid-19 Restrictions UpdateBar Notice: Covid-19 Restrictions Update


Local Restrictions Effective from Midnight 30/09/2020

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Temporary Suspension of Bar ServiceTemporary Suspension of Bar Service


The latest announcements from the Government have introduced further advice on protection from infection that mean we will have to take some additional steps to modify the way things work in the Clubhouse. There are also reports that a year group at Chantry Middle School may have recorded positive incidence(s) and if correct that is likely to impact on one of our Youth Section age groups.

Added to that we have been made aware that, unfortunately, two of our club members have tested positive for Covid-19 though happily neither are reporting severe symptoms. In both cases contact with others at the club was very limited and all the necessary steps have been taken by the individuals concerned to self-isolate and contact NHS Test and Trace.

In view of the above and the very low level of commercial activity currently at the club we have taken the decision to close the clubhouse until Sunday 4 October as a preventative measure. This will allow a break period to protect staff and club members as well as an important pre-booked commitment that is scheduled for Saturday 3 October.

In the meantime Sandra (tel: 07969 317932) will continue to offer a “Take Away” service and our licence also permits “off-sales” that can be arranged with Gary (tel: 07740 161284) at competitive prices.

Apologies for the disruption to service and thanks for your patience.

Bar Committee



It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Walter Casey who died in the Freeman Hospital on the morning Sunday 20th September. Walter was introduced to rugby in the late 1950’s at the old Morpeth Grammar school. He was one of a large group of rugby players at that time who went on to play for the then Morpeth Old Edwardian and go on to gain Representative Honours.
Walter played 3 seasons for the Grammar School First XV, played for the Northumberland Schoolboys and had an England School International Trial in 1961. After leaving school he studied at Manchester University where he played for the University as well as the UAU. After college he joined the RAF played for both the RAF and the Combined Services. During his travels in the RAF Walter played Senior Championship Rugby for Eastern Counties and Dorset and Wiltshire as well as playing one County Championship game for Northumberland against Durham in 1965. In 1966 he and a fellow Morpeth player Stuart Reid played at the Scarborough Festival for the North East Counties. One of the many clubs that he played for in his travels was Bath.
Walter’s career at Mitford Road began in 1960 when he was a member of the Club’s Under 18 side that won the Northumberland Under 18 Cup. He first played for the First XV as a schoolboy in 1961 and played his last First XV game in 1976 – continuing to play for the Reivers for 2 more years.
He played for the Club in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final in 1963, played in the Club’s 21st Anniversary match against the County President’s XV in 1967 and when he returned to the North East in 1972 he ended up playing 2 full seasons in 1974 and 1975 including the National Knock Out games against London Irish, Bath and Rosslyn Park. In 1977 Walter organised the first Club Beer Festival where the Snitter Barbarians played their first games.
Club members will remember Walter as a strong running, fierce tackling centre but he was also a very skilful player who began his career at full back and played very successfully in several seven a side tournaments – being a member of the Clubs winning side in 1967 that won the Northumberland County sevens at Close House, Wylam.
Walter’s brother John played for the Club as did his son Liam.
Finally, after his playing career ended, he astonished many of his former playing friends by becoming a Northumberland referee – and he was still refereeing well into his 60’s.

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


A guide to adapted contact rugby activity.

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Scoops Slot - Amy CarrScoops Slot - Amy Carr


This weeks club member is Amy Carr

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Scoops Slot - Jack ElliottScoops Slot - Jack Elliott


This week's club member is Jack Elliott

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Scoops Slot - John StaffordScoops Slot - John Stafford


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

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


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



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 (

Many thanks

Ken Fraser




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


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


Please read the attached document.

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Important Notice To All MembersImportant Notice To All Members


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Morpeth RFC Rugby ReportMorpeth RFC Rugby Report


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Match Reports

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


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

Match Reports

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


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


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


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


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


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).

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


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).

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


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


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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