Morpeth RFC U15s secured the double over Gateshead this season after grinding out a 29 – 17 victory in testing conditions at home last Sunday.
Despite the icy wind and driving rain, a spirited and motivated Morpeth side did just enough in the first half to see off their opponents in a match which once gain promised much but never really delivered for the Mitford Road youngsters.
Prop forward Nathan Howey put the home side in front after 10 minutes with a bullocking run to the line following a quickly taken tap penalty. Scrum half Patrick Smith then added a second after taking his chance with a darting blindside run that saw him wriggle his way over in the corner.
Winger Isaac Hall then took advantage of some good handling by the Morpeth backline to run almost the entire length of the pitch, outpacing the chasing Gateshead defenders in the strong wind to score under the posts (Patrick Smith converted).
The second half should have seen Morpeth step-up a gear to put the match out-of-sight with the advantage of the wind and slope but they never really got going despite further tries from centre Ewan Kirk and second row Joe Turnbull.
A spirited comeback saw Gateshead add to their first half try with two more in the final 30 minutes after some sloppy defending and tackling from Morpeth let them back into the game.
Jack Crooks also added to Morpeth’s five tries with a conversion.