1st XV

North Premier

North One East 

  • Manager

    John Stafford
    Tel:07968 161085

  • Club Captain

    Carl Hill
    Tel:07526 201193

  • Vice Captain

    Michael Craigs
    Tel:07540 881653

  • Vice Captain

    James Phillips
    Tel:07894 684679

  • Assistant Manager

    Peter Kirkup
    Tel:07729 251116


Date Opposition Location F A Result
Upcoming Team Fixtures

07/09/20191st XV vs CarlisleH
14/09/20191st XV vs MacclesfieldA
21/09/20191st XV vs BlackburnH
28/09/20191st XV vs AlnwickA
05/10/20191st XV vs WirralH
12/10/20191st XV vs BillinghamA
19/10/20191st XV vs RossendaleH
26/10/20191st XV vs LymmA
Team Season Fixtures

14/08/2018Tynedale Raiders
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08/09/2018Percy Park
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15/09/2018Malton & Norton
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22/09/2018Bradford & Bingley
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20/10/2018Huddersfield YMCA
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03/11/2018West Leeds
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10/11/2018Re-arrange 1
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12/12/2018Newcastle University
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15/12/2018Percy Park
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26/12/2018Sheepwash v Snitter
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05/01/2019Malton & Norton
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12/01/2019Bradford & Bingley
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02/02/2019Re-arrange 3
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09/02/2019Huddersfield YMCA
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23/02/2019Re-arrange 4
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02/03/2019West Leeds
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16/03/2019Re-arrange 5
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27/04/2019Re-arrange 6
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05/05/2019Morpeth 7s
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Team News

Saturday 8 December


Ben Sandall, Jake Jardine, Alex Tait, Mickey Craigs, Carl Parkinson – 1 try each
Ollie Dynan, Sam Hornby – 2 tries each
Ben Hornby – 5 conversions
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Wednesday 12th December


Matt Dawson, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 2 penalties
MOM – Matt Dawson

(1st XV now play the County Cup Final on Easter Saturday 20th April – however this date may change yet though if there are a back log of league games in the New Year.

1st XV will play Percy Park or Tynedale Raiders or Alnwick – Percy Park are in the semi-final waiting to play the winner of Tynedale Raiders v Alnwick)

Saturday 15 December


Andrew Telford, Jack Elliott – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion
MOM – Andrew Telford

Saturday 22 December


Ollie Dynan, Andrew Telford, Mickey Craigs, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Jake Jardine – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions

MOM – Ben Hornby

 Saturday 17th December


Jack Elliott,David Wall,Jonny Ward-1 try each
MOM - Mickey Craigs

Saturday 7th January


Jonny Ward-1 try
Penalty try
David Wall-1 penalty & 1 conversion

Saturday 5 January


Alex Tait, Andrew Telford – 1 try each
Penalty try
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion & 1 penalty
MOM – Mickey Craigs

Saturday 14th January


Richie Stephenson, Karl Campbell, Jonny Ward-1 try each
Ben Hornby - 2 conversions & 1 penalty 

Saturday 12 January


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

MOM – The Whole Team

Saturday 28th January


Jonny Ward-1 try
Penalty try
Ben Hornby-1 penalty,1 conversion & 1 drop goal 
MOM - Carl Hill  

Saturday 19 January


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

MOM – Steve Irving

Saturday 26 January


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

Saturday 9 February


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

Saturday 11th February


Jonny Ward-1 try
Ben Hornby-4 penalties
MOM - Josh Williasm

Saturday 16th February


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

Saturday 18th February


Adam Grieve,Jack Elliott-1 try each
Ben Hornby-2 conversions & 1 penalty
Morpeth MOM - James Phillips

Alnwick retained The Brett Silver Horse
Dave Routledge Trophy Man of the Match - James Bird (Alnwick)

Saturday 2 March


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

Saturday 9 March


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

Saturday 4 March


Tony Moody,Karl Campbell,Miles Gavaghan,Alex Tait-1 try each
Ben Hornby-1 penalty & 2 conversions
MOM - Kieran Brown 

Saturday 23 March


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

MOM – Ben Sandall & Matt Dawson

Saturday 11 March


James Phillips-1 drop goal 

Saturday 30 March


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

Saturday 25 March


Matt Dawson,Jonny Ward-1 try each
Ben Hornby-1 conversion & 1 penalty

Saturday 6 April


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

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

Saturday 1 April


Jonny Ward-2 tries
Ben Hornby-2 penalties & 1 conversion

Saturday 13th April


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

Saturday 8 April


Jonny Ward,Josh Williams,Mickey Craigs-1 try each
Ben Hornby-1 conversion

Saturday 15 April


Jonny Ward-1 try
Alex Ball-1 conversion

Alnwick also retain The Brett Silver Horse.

Dave Routledge Trophy - James Hamilton (Alnwick). 

1st XV 53-5 Bridlington

Match Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford

1st XV 36-12 Huddersfield YMCA

Match Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoops Man of the Match - Matt Dawson

Cleckheaton 18-24 1st XV

Match Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final score Cleckheaton 18-24 1st XV.

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford 

1st XV 34-13 Scarborough

Match Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halftime score 10-3 Morpeth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bradford & Bingley 5-29 1st XV

Match Reports

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

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

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

8-0 to Morpeth at halftime.

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

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

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

Final score 29-5.

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

1st XV 22-15 Malton and Norton

Match Reports

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

15-3 at halftime.

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

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

Scoops Man of the Match Steven Long.

Driffield 22-34 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth yet again made the long journey to East Yorkshire to fulfil the fixture previously abandoned due to a refereeing injury a couple of weeks ago. The commitment of the strong side traveling the weekend before Christmas was never better highlighted and to come away with an excellent victory was both a bonus and deserved reward.

This was a cracking game as many have been of late against a Driffield side that always tries to play an attractive brand of rugby.  The weather conditions could not have been more different than the previous week, a mild December afternoon and good conditions for both players and spectators.

Morpeth began well and took the lead on 10 minutes when Dynan's strength took him over from close range for a try that Ben Hornby converted. Yet it was not long before the lead was cancelled out by Driffield with a converted try of their own.

In an open and fluid game, greatly assisted by the referee, full back Telford took Morpeth back into the lead on 25 minutes when he rounded off a set move in the backs to go over in the corner.12-7. Yet again, in this end to end encounter Driffield came back to level with a try of their own before half time making the score 12-12 at the interval.

On 52 minutes winger Jake Jardine got himself on the score sheet, as the quickly recycled ball reached him, he still had a lot to do, but the winger scampered over for a well taken try. But again, the home side were not to be denied and reduced the deficit with a penalty to make the score 17-15 in Morpeth's favour.

Then Morpeth scored a cracking try when fly half Hornby provided an excellently weighted kick through for flanker Craigs to touch down, a score converted by Hornby.

Then Jardine showing some class, added another when the winger beat numerous defenders to score. 29-15 Morpeth were now playing very cannily, with Hornby and Phillips kicking for the corners and playing in the right areas. The defence was so much better after last week's disappointment. 

Overall this was a good team performance possibly the best this season, yet their confidence was shaken when another Driffield 7 pointer put the home side a score away. But Morpeth pulled away at the death with another well taken try. Again, Hornby was the catalyst with a shortly taken restart he regathered and sent the returning Ward on a typically fast and mesmerizing run to touch down for a deserved and entertaining bonus point victory.

Scoops Men of the Match Ben Hornby and Jake Jardine. 

Percy Park 17-12 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made their shortest away trip of the season to take on a Park side for what always was going to be a close encounter -and so it proved.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, a strong gusting wind and in the second half icy sleet and rain made playing and watching conditions extremely difficult. Yet the match, played under excellent floodlights, was an entertaining affair played in good spirit. Given the conditions the players should take great credit.

After their excellent mid-week County cup semi-final victory Morpeth began confidently with early possession but were rocked when Park took the lead on 6 minutes after camping in the opposition 22 they patiently recycled possession to go over by the posts for a 7-point lead.  The strong gusting cross wind was proving difficult for both sides but on the whole Park had the edge in the first half, looking sharper particularly in attack, where their midfield made consistent inroads.  Then on 25 minutes Park scrum half Haskins scored an excellent individual try, from a good attacking line out then ruck, he followed his own pass, coupled with a "run around " kept possession and showed good pace to make the try line for an unconverted score. 12-0 Park.

Morpeth then played their best rugby of the half and with backs and forwards linking right wing Sam Hornby got on the end of a move, beat a couple of players only to be brought down inches short. Then on 40 minutes a quickly taken Dynan penalty saw Ben Hornby make an excellent cross kick despite the conditions for his brother to take and then produce an excellent inside pass for Tait to go over.  12-5 halftime score.

Such were the conditions both sides returned to the changing rooms at halftime.  It was Morpeth who dominated for long periods in the second half starting with an Elliott try after 45 minutes gathering from a series of rucks to bury over from close range.  12-12 after Ben Hornby made a very good conversion.  Morpeth then had the chance to take the lead, but Hornby was wide with the penalty.

Conditions deteriorated as the driving rain and sleet increased.  This led to the turning point in the game when a clearance kick, a difficult option given the conditions, was then caught up in the wind and swirled away to an eager Park attack where a one on one tackle was missed allowing Park a crucial score.17-12.

Morpeth were denied almost at the death when it looked as though they over the line and Park held out.

There were some solid performances particularly from the back-row unit of Dawson, Craigs and Dynan with Sam Hornby showing a couple of excellent touches.

Scoops Men of the Match Michael Dungait and Mark Watson - the coaching team for their hard work and dedication.

1st XV 55-7 Consett

Match Reports

Before starting the game both sides and all Morpeth's home sides stood in silence and utmost respect in the sad passing of Tom Duckworth during the week. Our thoughts and that of the whole club are with the Duckworth family at this immensely sad time.

It was a gusty, but mild afternoon at Mitford Road and Morpeth came away with maximum points, that at halftime looked doubtful against a Consett side that was both aggressive and showed no little skill in a very evenly matched first half. Yet the game changed within the first 20 minutes after the interval.

It was the Durham side that took an early lead on 10 minutes when a set backs move sliced through the home defence to score near the posts - 7-0. The home side were struggling to play with any continuity, dropped passes and losing the ball in contact were major issues.  Then on 15 minutes a good attacking line out, saw patient recycling and Sandall picking a great line to score.7-5

Consett missed an opportunity on 23 minutes with a penalty chance. Then a Dynan break, he was a constant threat, was pulled up when his pass to skipper Hill was adjudged to be forward. Yet from the scrum Morpeth hauled Consett back for Dynan to touch down. 10-7 Morpeth.

Although it was possibly not deserved Morpeth increased their lead before halftime with a Sam Hornby try. It came about with a Dynan break taken on by Elliott before Hornby scampered over in the corner, unfortunately his brother Ben was unable to convert.

The second half with the elements in their favour saw a 20 minute to savour from Morpeth.  Firstly, Dynan ploughed over from close range with Ben Hornby converting - 22-7.  Dynan again with a strong run, sent Jardine racing over wide out, Hornby converting.29-7 Another 5 minutes passed with another score, Tait outpacing a dispirited defence, Hornby again with the extras. 36-7 Then a classic, Ben Hornby cross kick, caught by brother Sam, who slipped a tackle before an inside pass to the hard working Craigs, who ran hard and who was involved throughout, raced over by the posts.43-7 Then a Ben Hornby break and super offload to brother Sam who skipped past the remaining  defender for a converted try.50-7 Finally,replacement Parkinson was on the end of another move to touch down for the final try to win. Final score 55-7

Scoops Man of the Match Ollie Dynan

1st XV 16 - 10 Pocklington

Match Reports

Morpeth welcomed Pock back to Mitford Road on an afternoon that promised much with excellent playing conditions and a good crowd. The East Yorkshire outfit have found life difficult back in North East 1 after both the success and disappointment of a promotion followed by a relegation. It is significant that Pock have suffered more than a few defeats by the smallest of margins and with a bit of luck here and there they would no doubt be among the league leaders. Today proved to be another example as Morpeth took the spoils, but only just.

Almost directly from the kick off Pocklington took the lead with a first minute penalty. Morpeth had a similar opportunity on 5 minutes, but Ben Hornby pulled the chance wide. The home side were not to be denied. From an excellent attacking line out -Long put in another significant shift- the ball was spun wide from a set move which allowed full back Telford, always lively, the time to show his pace against some questionable defence to score wide out.5-3 Morpeth.

The game then came to a stalemate with a great deal of play around halfway with Pocklington having most of the possession. Morpeth when they won the ball, lacked creativity, the receiver either being caught static, or when worked wide, cross field running failed to commit the opposition. There could be no criticism whatsoever of second row Cole Wilson, who made hard yards, the right decisions and always delivered - in a very quiet way it was a telling performance.  Yet on 35 minutes the home side managed a period of sustained pressure resulting in a converted a penalty. 8-3 Morpeth.

The highlight of the first half was a storming Dynan run, helped by further inroads from scrum half Elliott. They were both lively throughout.  This resulted in a spurned penalty chance.

Halftime 8-3.

The second half saw the home side initially take control and a poor Pock lineout close to their own line allowed Morpeth to pounce with Dynan ploughing over. 13-3 Morpeth.

Pocklington then came right back into the game, some direct running took play into the home 22 and second row Archie Fothergill, taking a good line crashed over near the posts for a converted try.13-10 Morpeth lack nothing in terms of spirit and the last 10 minutes typified this. They came back with a Boldy penalty, which came again from the side's two outstanding backs, when first Telford made an excellent break which was taken on by Elliott causing Pock to offend.16-10.

The game ended with Pock tenacious to the end camped on Morpeth's line. Despite conceding penalties the home side defended famously, Craigs, Dawson, Hill and Phillips to the fore, with Moody's immense contribution at the final scrum deserving a mention, but this was a team effort that got them through and yet another victory to show for their endeavours.

Scoops Man of the Match Jack Elliott.

York 16 - 16 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made another trip to Yorkshire to play high flying York in a top of the table clash. It was a memorable visit, an excellent, hard fought game played in absolutely the right spirit. Morpeth and York both had changes which is an inevitable consequence of injuries and other commitments. 

The Clifton Park ground was in superb condition and the game was played in weather conducive for handling.

The first 15 minutes saw both sides sparring against each other, with Morpeth causing York problems in the set piece. It was from a York throw that flanker Dynan pounced on the loose ball, then with power and pace took the ball to within yards of the York line. Dynan’s speed and strength were a threat throughout.

Yet on 20 minutes York took the lead when sustained pressure within Morpeth's 22 metre area saw full back Dawes slot over a close-range penalty. 3-0 York.

Morpeth had the chance to pull level on 30 minutes when Ben Hornby was wide with a penalty after York were harshly penalised for what was deemed a high tackle on centre Phillips.

Hornby, whose line kicking was excellent throughout, made amends with a penalty to bring the scores level on 35 minutes.

This evenly contested match continued with penalties still dominating against two good defences. This time it was York who took the lead with another Dawes penalty on 35 minutes. This was shortly after scrum half Elliott had secured a penalty with some tremendous defending.

The score remained 6-3 at halftime albeit Morpeth subjected the home side to intense pressure, knocking on close to the line and then opting, unsuccessfully, to take 3 points where perhaps more was on offer - it’s all ifs and buts!

The third quarter of the game saw Morpeth dominate, particularly the forwards, Hill, Moody and particularly Sandall were all dominant. Ben Sandall made some storming runs, attacking space. They were backed up by Long and Wilson, who always seems to do the right things. Craigs both as a key ball carrier but then cleverly linking up play along with the dynamic Dynan, were ably assisted by Dawson settling back into the side after a long absence through injury, creating a balanced back row.

An early second half penalty infringement following a York error for crossing gave Morpeth the chance to level from 22 metres, but Hornby pulled the kick wide. Then on 50 minutes Morpeth got the try they deserved, an attacking line out saw Dynan make a storming run into the 22 before Sandall received the ball saw the opening and drove over near the posts, an excellent score which Hornby converted .10-6 Morpeth.

With the forwards continued dominance Elliott spotted a gap and made a 30-metre break and this dominance resulted in another Hornby 3 points stretching the lead to 13-6.

The game moved to a tense finale York came back into the game and from an attacking line out on 70 minutes they drove over for a converted try .13-13.

Then on 75 minutes Morpeth were pressing and a long miss pass would have seen York race away for a potential match winning score, however, celebrations were short lived with a penalty being awarded to Morpeth for offside. Hornby who had been inconsistent with his place kicking, kept his nerve and coolly converted 16-13.

Yet York were not to be denied and after 79 minutes Dawes drew the scores level with a final penalty to make the final score 16-16.

A good game, the right result? Possibly, although Morpeth had enough possession and territory to win the game, yet York were more direct and always posed a threat in attack. A good advert for the league.

Scoops Man of the Match - Ben Sandall. 

1st XV 34 – 9 West Leeds

Match Reports

On a gloomy Saturday afternoon, punctuated by some heavy rain, Morpeth lightened the atmosphere as they climbed to top spot, albeit, on points difference with 4 teams all on 33 points. It’s a significant achievement for Carl Hill and the coaching team and one that they should be rightly proud of. It is highly likely that the league will be just as tight when it comes to the last month of the season.

Yet again on today’s display Morpeth flattered at times but were never in vintage form. They won a lot of ball and edged a forward battle as they secured that all important bonus point.

Morpeth fielded a strong line up and took the lead on 5 minutes when after an excellent attacking line out Morpeth forced a series of attacking 5 metre scrums resulting in a penalty try when WL repeatedly infringed. 7-0.

WL came right back into the game, with big ball carriers causing the home defence problems. They had territorial advantage and on 12 minutes squandered a penalty chance.

Then Morpeth countered with an excellent score, good hands by the backs saw right wing Jake McKay kick through and chase, WL full back had a clearing kick charged down for Josh Williams to take it on, then when brought down close to the line the flanker had the vision and ability to off load over his right shoulder for McKay to dive over in the corner for an unconverted try. 12-0

WL were not to be denied and replied with a well taken penalty. 12-3.

Morpeth then stormed back with another score after a WL sinbin caused the Yorkshire outfit problems with an attacking scrum from where Number 8 Dynan stormed over, brushing away would be tacklers for an unconverted try on 30 minutes.17-3.

Yet WL were not to be denied and came back into the game with a good amount of pressure which was rewarded with 2 penalties to make the halftime score 17-9.

The second half belonged to Morpeth whose forwards took hold of the game and with good possession were able to run away from some spirited WL defending.

On 55 minutes a good Elliott sniping run, and patient recycling saw skipper Hill burrow over from close range, followed by an excellent Ben Hornby conversion. 24-9.

Then on 75 minutes constant home pressure, with Williams to the fore, saw centre Tait crash over wide out. 29-9.

Finally, Mitford Road were treated to a Ben Hornby virtuoso try, after prop Moody had made inroads in his own half. Hornby took the ball on from 30 metres, sold a dummy then a weave or two before dotting down wide out making the final score 34-9.

The man of the match award must go to a forward - the front row of Moody Hill and Sandall deserve mention as they won their battle and both second rows Long and Wilson put in a strong shift, but this week’s Scoops Man of the Match goes to Josh Williams, a strong showing and a magic offload.

Special mention to today’s sponsors the Senior Members of the club, many of whom have given so much to the community of Morpeth Rugby Club. They deserve a more than special THANK YOU. 

Bridlington 17-20 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth returned to winning ways with an exceptionally hard-fought victory over a spirited Bridlington side to record the narrowest of victories. This victory cemented the Mitford Road outfit as one of the pacesetters at the top of the league. This was far from a comfortable win but points,’ on the road,’ is always a good return.

Morpeth were the better team and probably deserved to win by more points, but they were under intense pressure during the game’s last plays.

Morpeth were showing significant changes in the backs when the game kicked off, playing into the strong wind. It was ironic that both sides played better when they were faced with the elements.

Yet it was the home side who took the initiative with two early penalties to take a 6-point lead after 15 minutes. It wasn’t until halfway through the first half that Morpeth registered their first points and it came through the boot of fly half Ben Hornby who was on the mark with 3 penalties to make the score 9-6 to the Northumbrians.

Then on 33 minutes Morpeth scored their only try when a Hornby cross kick on the oppositions 22 metre line saw McKay clutch from the air to race over for an unconverted try.

Brid reduced the arrears with a further penalty to make the score 14-9 at halftime.

It looked good for Morpeth at this stage with the elements in their favour, however, this did not prove the case. An interception try by the Brid centre, who outpaced the Morpeth defence, then unfortunately had to leave the field immediately after becoming ill, took the home side into the lead, with a converted try.

Two further Hornby penalties took the score to 20-17 in Morpeth’s favour as the game entered the final minutes, where Morpeth held out, JUST, to secure a deserved if somewhat hard-fought win.

For Morpeth, skipper Hill produced a typically ebullient display to be Scoops Man of the Match from an impressive Fraser Boldy who was always a threat in midfield. 

Huddersfield YMCA 37-10 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made the journey to West Yorkshire and came back pointless after a disjointed display which left them suffering their second league defeat of the season. Huddersfield thoroughly deserved their win where they held on to the forward battles but caused Morpeth problems outside the set piece.

The conditions again were favourable for good rugby, albeit quite breezy. It was a scrappy start to the game with YM missing an early penalty from the boot of Centre Stead which was ironic as he proceeded to kick everything else on offer in an impressive goal kicking display.

Whilst Morpeth dropped a ball with the line close Huddersfield took the lead with a converted try on 10 minutes. This came after Morpeth were reduced to 14 men with the sinbinning of Josh Williams.

Morpeth were struggling to turn the hard pressing home defence and as a result failed to make progress as they over complicated in trying to run the ball wide. It was no surprise when the Huddersfield increased their lead with another converted try to make the halftime score 14-0 in their favour.

The Mitford Road outfit eventually got on the scoreboard with a Hornby penalty, but two further Stead penalties maintained and then increased the home side's lead. 20-3.

The game was just about put to bed when Ben Hornby seemed to be taken high close to the Huddersfield line, only for the ball to spill with the home side taking full advantage by kicking ahead and finally scoring at the other end.  27-3.

Then Morpeth scored when the impressively hardworking Elliott robbed his opposite number to crash over for a try converted by Hornby. 27-10.

Yet Huddersfield were not to be denied and from an attacking line out the ball was spun wide for another score.

Morpeth had the upper hand in the scrum with the back row performing particularly well. Long in the second row had another impressive game and continues to improve but scrum half Elliott with a tenacious and hardworking display is this week's scoops man of the match. 

1st XV 34-19 Cleckheaton

Match Reports

On an exceptionally warm mid-October afternoon Morpeth continued their impressive start to the season with another significant win against West Yorkshire outfit Cleckheaton. There was a good crowd at Mitford Road to welcome the two teams with the home side in their change strip.

The game kicked off with the home side playing away from the changing rooms and they soon took the lead on 4 minutes with an excellent Telford try, the full back was impressively confident throughout, an ability to beat the first man, coupled with the maturity to make the right decision caused the opposition problems. The try came after the full back exchanged passes with second row Long before crashing over near the posts. Fly half Boldy kicked the extras. 7-0.  A further score was squandered when skipper Hill knocked on after a flowing move involving backs and forwards.

A feature of the game was that Morpeth couldn't put away the opposition who hit back with a try of their own when right wing Downs sprinted over after a backs set move. 7-7 on 15 minutes.

The current Morpeth side possesses a great deal of pace with an ability to score from a long way out, yet they were unable to play with fluency, with dropped passes becoming a feature of the first half.  That said, both Williams and Long impressed with storming runs and impressive offloads.  Another chance went begging on 30 minutes when Boldy failed to offload close to the opposition line after Parkinson had cleverly created an opening.

The lead was regained when Telford completed his brace of tries. An excellent attacking line out, a miss out in the backs sent the full back over with Boldy again on target with the conversion.14-7 on 35 minutes.  That wasn't the end to the first half scoring, this time with scrum half Elliott, always in the thick of the action, scrambling determinedly over in the corner.  Halftime score 19-7 Morpeth.

The second half started in a spooky darkness that was lightened when first Tait broke on halfway and excellent hands from Hill and Dynan saw left wing Jardine race over. Then Jardine was the provider after a super Phillips pass, with a kick ahead allowing the very quick Dynan to gather and score for Boldy to convert.  34-7 on 58 minutes - game over? Absolutely not.  Back came Cleckheaton showing a great deal of spirit and no little skill to score to deserving late tries to make the final score line 34-19.

This was not a vintage Morpeth performance by any means and, as in many games to date, they performed in patches as opposed to the full 80 minutes. Yet it is another excellent victory to maintain their position among the league leaders.

Scoops Man of the Match Andrew Telford.

Scarborough 22-17 1st XV

Match Reports

Morpeth made the long travel to newly promoted Scarborough and found themselves at the wrong end of a narrow defeat, their first league loss of the season.  Scarborough, with an excellent set up have made an immediate impact in North East One and were worthy winners making the most of their opportunities whereas Morpeth's performance stuttered. Conditions were excellent, albeit breezy.

Morpeth started off well and were worthy leaders when on 27 minutes they ignored the opportunity of a potential 3 points and opted to kick for the corner where a catch and drive took play deep into the Scarborough 22 metre line. The ball was spun wide before numerous phases took place before Boldy sped over to touch down and Ben Hornby added the extras. 7-0.

Almost immediately Scarborough equalised with a converted try of their own on 29 minutes.  The home side increased their lead with two further tries one of which was converted to make the half time score 19-7 to Scarborough.
Morpeth unfortunately were guilty of not keeping the ball whilst in possession and also of crabbing across the field when the ball was moved wide.  Yet the visitors hit back on 48 minutes with a Jake McKay try after three phases, before the ball was moved wide. 19-12 to Scarborough who increased their lead to 22 - 12 and took yet another chance with a three point penalty.

The game was still there for the taking as Sam Hornby joined an attacking line out to score wide out. Brother Ben was unable to convert the try as the wind stiffened.

All in all Scarborough took 4 out of the 6 scoring chances offered and deserved their victory.

Scrum half Elliott put in a whole hearted performance and for the most part there was dominance in the front row with Hill, Moody and Ben Sandall to the fore.

Scoops Man of the Match - Jack Elliott. 

1st XV 22 - 21 Bradford and Bingley

Match Reports

Morpeth secured their fourth successive league win with a hard-fought victory against a talented Bradford and Bingley outfit who will feel hard done by at losing with the very last play of the game. The Yorkshire outfit were very possibly the better side on the day, but the home side lacks nothing for spirit in a match where for long periods they were not at their best.

It was a bright breezy afternoon but excellent conditions for open rugby and both sides tried to entertain. BB dominated the early encounters and deservedly took the lead on 10 minutes when an attacking line out saw a forward dominated try wide out which was expertly converted.  BB Fly half Johnson, the game's outstanding player, continued to be a threat throughout, ably assisted by number 8 Cummings, full back Taylor and scrum half McCarthy, who all made life extremely difficult for the home side.  Yet Morpeth just began to make a mark on the game and a Hornby penalty reduced the arrears almost with their first attack.  7-3 to BB.

On 18 minutes Morpeth were unlucky to have a try ruled out when a McKay kick ahead was chased down by Jardine.  Further home pressure saw Craigs and Hornby made good progress down the short side. Then an excellent long throw by Hill and taken by Dynan saw another Hornby penalty chance, which hit the post.

Then on 28 minutes BB scored with Johnson and Cummings combining followed by another excellent conversion. 14-3 to BB.  On 38 minutes Morpeth scored, from an initial Tait break, the ball went wide, left wing Jardine still with a lot to do, beat a couple of men, before going over in the corner.  The conversion missed left leaving the half time score 14-8 in BB's favour.

On 45 minutes BB extended their lead when recycled quick ball saw full back Taylor crash over, 21-8. Yet Morpeth were far from finished, Elliott acting quicker than others took a tap penalty to send McKay over in the corner for Hornby to convert superbly. Score 21-15.

By this time the experienced Ian Burnham had entered the fray in the back row and with the last play of the game and after a sinbinning for the visitors, who's use of replacements surely made it difficult to referee, saw the attacking scrum cause havoc in the BB defence, followed by forward pressure, with Williams going so very close, before Burnham crashed over.

It was another match where Morpeth started slowly, taking a while to make their mark in the game, but it was another victory in an exceptionally close encounter.

It is of note that of the 7 league games on Saturday 3 matches were won by a single point, 3 others by a single score - the league is that close.

Scoops Man of the Match - Karl Campbell

Malton & Norton 12-36 1st XV

Match Reports

Another win on the road for the Northumbrian outfit saw them take the maximum 5 points in a performance which initially stuttered but grew into a comfortable win when a dominant pack coupled with pace outside saw Morpeth put in a good performance.

In near perfect conditions it was Malton and Norton who took the lead with a deserved try as Morpeth were guilty of both handling errors and too many missed tackles.  Ben Hornby, who kicked well from hand but not so much at goal, was on the mark with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 2 points.

Sadly, the game was held up in the first half when left wing Liam Allen sustained a broken leg. It is a big blow to the player and the side as Allen had been showing some good early season form and we wish him well on his road to recovery. Thanks go to club secretary and stalwart Ken Fraser who accompanied and assisted the player to hospital.

Morpeth recovered from this interruption with both number 8 Dynan and centre Alex Tait both crossing for tries, and this together with another Hornby penalty enabled Morpeth to take a narrow halftime lead of 12-16.

"It was a game of two halves," quoted part time alickadoo David Craigs as Morpeth dominated the second half with the forwards in total control and backs again showing pace and cohesion.  Tait again, wing Sam Hornby, full back Andrew Telford an excellent addition this season, all adding unconverted tries, before second row Long picked up from a ruck to go over from close range.

Final score 36-12.

Scoops Man of the Match Number 8 Ollie Dynan.

1st XV 15- 7 Percy Park

Match Reports

Morpeth made it two wins out of two in this close encounter with near neighbours Percy Park. The home win cementing the excellent result against Morley, albeit today's match failed to match the excellence and excitement of last week. It was certainly hard fought but lacked fluidity in a match that was rigorously refereed, littered with both penalties and yellow cards.  Morpeth played a total of 40 minutes with 14 men.

The match kicked off in good conditions with Park dominating the early encounters, against a well organised home defence.  An early yellow card was shown against scrum half Elliott causing a reshuffle with Sam Hornby filing in at 9 and it was brother Ben at fly half who caught the eye early on, with some impressive distance gained from penalties, as well sound decision making.  It was some 15 minutes in when Morpeth attacked and a Tait break, he was a threat throughout, saw him held up 5 metres out. Tait's partnership with Phillips continued to impress particularly when Park tried to move it wide.

Whilst Park looked the more likely to score, when Morpeth got a foothold in the opposition 22, an excellent set play from an attacking line out saw Long's excellent hand sending Craigs crashing through, again to be held up just short of the Park line.  The game continued at a slow place, with the home side guilty on many occasions of losing the ball in contact or knocking on. This led to a complete lack of continuity.  Another yellow card on 35 minutes only fed on this frustration.

Half time 0-0.

The second half saw Morpeth immediately adopting a more direct and suitable approach with picking and driving through the middle. Success came via a simple Ben Hornby penalty on 45 minutes.  Then on 48 minutes Morpeth scored a good try started and finished by left wing Liam Allen. From deep in his own half he made an excellent break getting behind the Park defence. Some seconds later, after some quick recycling and good hands the ball came to Allen who touched down for a fine score.  8-0 Morpeth.

Morpeth now had the momentum, on 60 minutes an excellent Telford break caused havoc only for replacement Boldy to delay a pass with men over and a score beckoning.  On 65 minutes Jake Jardine, on as a replacement for Allen, firstly rounded his man and then cleverly chipped ahead for an outstanding individual effort converted by Hornby.  15-0 Morpeth.  Yet Park, as they had done so all game, never laid down and were rewarded with a converted score by the posts to make the final score 15-7.

Another win for Morpeth, with Long in particular excelling up front, assisted by some accurate throwing in from skipper Hill. Elliott at 9 showed a great deal of endeavour as the game wore on yet Scoops Man of the Match was centre Tait, always a threat coupled with solid defence.

Morley 22-35 1st XV

Match Reports

It was an absolute pleasure to be at Morley to witness this game which gave Morpeth an excellent start to the league campaign. The outcome of the match was only decided in the final 15 minutes in a match, that for long periods, Morpeth were outplayed by a Morley outfit who had dominated in terms of possession and undoubtedly had chances to put the match out of reach.  Last season there was plenty of evidence of the excellent spirit in this Morpeth side and yet again there is ample evidence to suggest this still the case.  It was lovely late summer afternoon in West Yorkshire for the match to take place in excellent conditions, albeit the surface was undoubtedly hard.

The game started with almost total Morley domination against some excellent defending from Morpeth. The first points on the board arrived after 15 minutes when Moody was sin binned underneath the posts for an easy Morley penalty, 3-0.  Almost from the restart Morpeth hit back when from just about their first incursion into the opposition territory Ben Hornby was on the mark with a penalty to bring the scores level.

Yet again Morley dominated possession and spurned a couple chances wide out then failing to make the most of the opportunities, with both Tait and Phillips cutting down their man with overlaps beckoning.  It seemed inevitable that Morley would increase their lead which duly occurred when towards the end of Moody's sinbinning they scored a push over try 10-3.  Another Morpeth rare incursion saw Hornby strike an excellent penalty from quite a way out. The fly half kicked well from the ground, however from hand and particularly with penalties it was almost too safe.  As Morpeth continued to defend with total commitment Morley increased their lead on halftime going over from an attacking lineout, an excellent conversion ensued.

Halftime score 17-6, deservedly in Morley's favour.

The second half kicked off with Morley still looking the more likely side. They scored a try when for once Morpeth were caught sleeping and from a quickly taken penalty an unconverted try took the score to 22-6.  The game looked over from a Morpeth perspective, yet they hit back immediately, as they had done on each previous occasion Morley had scored. A Telford break and kick ahead, the full back looked lively throughout, saw Morley infringe and Hornby again on the mark with 3 points 22-9.  Then Telford again with good feet and pace, combined with Elliott who had grafted throughout in both defence and attack rightly kept the momentum going with a quickly taken penalty, then linked with Dynan who handed to the full back to score near the posts 22-16.

The momentum was now definitely with Morpeth, Sandall and Hill started making impressive inroads and more pace was injected with excellent use of replacements in the form of Jardine, Nash and Boldy all arriving at exactly the right moment.  Phillips after a shift of defending saw him move to flanker in place of Armstrong to produce another significant effort up front.  Tait, who played well, then arrived as an attacking force with an excellent outside break handing onto Jardine who again showed both good feet and no little pace to go over near the posts for Hornby to convert on 70 minutes.

The game had turned around completely, without being too dramatic, it really was quite a match to witness.

It was all Morpeth Tait again with another break and combining with Jardine who cut back beating cover defenders handing on to the impressive Ollie Dynan to score for Hornby to convert 30-22.  Finally, Ben Hornby, as he does regularly, made an interception some 40 metres out, and as Hornby also does regularly, he JUST made it in the corner to finish the scoring, unfortunately his energy had evaporated for the unsuccessful conversion!

An excellent win owing much to the team spirit and some excellent decisions made both and off field, at the right time. Credit to all.

1st XV 58-7 Novos

Match Reports

Welcome back!!

After a glorious summer the 2018/19 rugby season kicked off at Mitford Road when Morpeth took on Novos in their now customary August County cup tie.  Not only is it a county cup match, more importantly it also serves as an excellent preseason run out for the forthcoming league campaign which no doubt will prove to be as tough as ever with a total of 5 new sides entering this highly competitive arena.  Morpeth safely disposed of a spirited Novos side, making it through to the next round, with a blend of forward power and the promise of pace in the backs.

The first 20 minutes possibly saw Morpeth at their best, as they crossed the Novos line on 4 occasions, to effectively put the match out of sight. The returning and impressive Telford was first across the whitewash followed by forward domination with Long, Sandall both scoring as well as centre Tait. A couple of Ben Hornby conversions and a penalty added further points to the total.  The halftime score of 34-7 was delivered when Elliott scored a converted try with Novos ending the first 40 minutes scoring, with a try of their own.

The second half, despite numerous substitutions saw Morpeth continue in the same vein, Craigs, Tait’s second, and a Dynan brace all adding tries with Hornby adding the conversions.

All in all, a solid Morpeth performance, however, the real test starts a week Saturday when they begin their league programme with a travel to Morley for what will, be a difficult encounter.

Man of the match will start with the league programme.

Saturday 2 September


Penalty try (now 7 points)
Ben Hornby - 3 penalties.
Alnwick retain The Brett Silver Horse.
Dave Routledge Man of the Match - Jonny Ward (Morpeth)

Saturday 9 September


Ben Sandall, Mickey Craigs, Sam Hornby, Jonny Ward, Ian Burnham – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 4 conversions
MOM – Steven Long

Saturday 16 September


Matt Dawson - 1 try
Jonny Ward - 2 tries
Ben Hornby - 2 penalties & 3 conversions
MOM – Josh Williams

Saturday 23 September


Carl Hill,Jonny Ward, James Phillips,Alex Tait - 1 try each.
Josh Williams - 3 tries.
Fraser Boldy- 4 conversions.
MOM Ian Burnham

Saturday 30 September


Sam Hornby, Alex Tait – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion
MOM – Alex Tait

Saturday 7 October


Jack Elliott, Liam Allen, Jonny Ward – 1 try each,  Matt Dawson – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 4 conversions & 1 penalty
George F White MOM – Tony Moody

Saturday 14 October


Ben Hornby – 1 try, 1 conversion & 1 penalty
MOM – Ben Hornby

Saturday 21st October


Jack Elliott, Richie Stephenson – 1 try each
Alex Tait – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 3 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – All 18 Players

Saturday 28 October


James Phillips – 1 drop goal
Ben Hornby – 1 try & 2 penalties
MOM – Josh Williams

Saturday 4 November


Josh Williams, Jonny Ward, Matt Dawson - 1 try each
Ben Hornby - 2 conversions & 1 penalty
Jame Phillips - 1 conversion
MOM - Ben Sandall
Penrith nominated MOM - Jack Elliott

Saturday 11 November


Tony Moody, Jonny Ward, Blake Robinson, Liam Allen – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Ian Burnham & Jonny Ward

Saturday 25th November


Josh Williams, Liam Allen – 1 try each
Jonny Ward – 2 tries
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 2 conversions
MOM – Carl Hill

Saturday 2 December


Ben Sandall, Jonny Ward - 1 try each
Ben Hornby 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM - Ben Sandall & Mickey Craigs

Saturday 16 December


Miles Gavaghan, Mickey Craigs - 1 try each
Ben Hornby - 1 conversion and 4 penalties

MoM - Josh Williams

Saturday 23 December


Jake Stevenson, Sam Foster-Beattie, James Phillips, Craig Donnelly – 1 try each
Adam Grieve – 2 tries
Alex Ball – 4 tries & 2 conversions
MOM – Alex Ball

Saturday 6 January


Steven Long, Alex Tait, Ian Burnham, Carl Hill, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Andy Bradley – 2 penalties & 2 conversions
MOM – Steven Long

Saturday 13th January


Jonny Ward – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties & 1 conversion

Saturday 20th January


Blake Robinson, Jonny Ward – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 3 penalties
MOM – Ben Hornby

Saturday 27 January


Josh Williams, Ben Sandall – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions

MOM – Ben Sandall

Saturday 3rd February


Penalty try (7 points)
Jonny Ward – 1 try
Alex Tait – 2 tries

Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 2 conversions

MOM – Alex Tait

Saturday 10 February


Jonny Ward, Andy Shippen – 1 try each
Sam Hornby – 3 tries
Ben Hornby – 2 penalties & 4 conversions

MOM – Ben Hornby

Saturday 17 February


Liam Allen, Sam Hornby – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions & 2 penalties
MOM – Ben Sandall

Saturday 24 February


Joe Turnbull – 1 try
Karl Campbell – 2 tries
Cam Walker – 2 conversions
MOM – Karl Campbell & Ed Astley

Saturday 10 March


Alex Tait, Jonny Ward, Blake Robinson, Sam Hornby – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 4 conversions & 1 penalty

MOM – Sam Hornby

Saturday 24 March


Jack Elliott – 1 try
Penalty try
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion & 2 penalties
MOM – Ian Burnham, Josh Williams, Mickey Craigs

Saturday 31 March


Blake Robinson, Jack Elliott – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 2 conversions

MOM – Alex Tait

Saturday 7 April


Driffield’s Morpeth MOM – Jack Elliott

Saturday 21 April


Mickey Craigs – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 1 conversion

MOM – Mickey Craigs

Senior Pre-Season - Tuesday 14th August


Mickey Craigs, Jack Elliott, David Wall, Karl Campbell – 1 try each
James Phillips – 2 conversions
Jake McKay – 1 conversion

Senior Pre-Season - Thursday 23rd August – County


Andrew Telford, Steven Long,, Ben Sandall, Jack Elliott, Mickey Craigs, – 1 try each

Ollie Dynan, Alex Tait – 2 tries

Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 5 conversions

Saturday 1 September


Andrew Telford, Jake Jardine, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 3 penalties, 3 conversions & 1 try
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Saturday 8th September


Liam Allen, Jake Jardine – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 1 conversion
MOM – Alex Tait

Saturday 15 September


Ollie Dynan, Steven Long, Sam Hornby, Andrew Telford – 1 try each
Alex Tait – 2 tries
Ben Honrby – 2 penalties
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Saturday 22 September


Jake Jardine, Jake McKay, Ian Burnham - 1 try each.
Ben Hornby - 1 penalty & 2 conversions.
MOM - Karl Campbell

Saturday 29 September


Fraser Boldy, Jake McKay, Sam Hornby – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 conversion

Saturday 13 October


Jack Elliott, Ollie Dynan, Jake Jardine – 1 try each
Andrew Telford – 2 tries
Fraser Boldy – 3 conversions & 1 penalty
MOM – Josh Williams

Saturday 20 October


Jack Elliott – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 1 penalty & 1 conversion

Saturday 27 October


Jake McKay – 1 try
Ben Hornby – 5 penalties
MOM – Carl Hill

Saturday 3rd November


Penalty try
Jake McKay, Ollie Dynan, Carl Hill, Alex Tait – 1 try each
Ben Hornby – 1 try & 1 conversion
MOM – Jack Elliott

Saturday 17 November


Ben Sandall - 1 try
Ben Hornby - 1 conversion & 3 penalties
MOM - Ben Sandall

Saturday 24 November


Andrew Telford, Ollie Dynan – 1 try each
Ben Hornby, Fraser Boldy – 1 penalty each
MOM – Cole Wilson

Saturday 1 December


Match abandoned after 28 minutes due to referee being injured – game is currently re-scheduled for Saturday 22 December

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