Morpeth RFC Under-15s picked up from where they left off last year to get their new season under way with a thumping 56-7 away win against Alnwick.
The Mitford Road youngsters hit their stride quickly in perfect playing conditions to build on their Northumberland County Plate victory over Alnwick to run in ten tries to one in a convincing display that throws down a clear sign of intent for the coming months.
Morpeth were never threatened in a match which saw some impressive forward play secure quality ball for the Morpeth backs, who scored with impunity throughout, going ahead within five minutes through a well taken tap and go move which saw winger Isaac Hall go over in the corner.
This was followed by some silky back play which led to further tries from centre Ewan Kirk, fly-half Sam Eyres – jinking and dummying his way over from 22 metres – outside centre Josh White (two), scrum-half Jake Stephenson and winger George Ainsley to put Morpeth totally in command 36-0 at half-time.
Morpeth then shuffled players around in the second half to ensure every member of the squad got the chance of a game – and the opportunity to keep the pressure on and keep the scoreboard ticking over.
White completed his hat-trick of tries after a powerful solo run from the versatile back saw him go under the posts from 40 metres out.
Nifty foot work from Stephenson at scrum-half saw him grab a second try before Will Allen, who threatened throughout the game, scored his second try after a powerful run-in from 30 metres saw him go over under the Alnwick posts for the final score of the match.
The ever improving Sam Eyres added two conversions before handing over kicking duties to Jacob Crooks, who slotted over the final kick of the match.
Earlier in the week, Morpeth had seen off a tough tackling Ponteland 24-5 in a pre-season friendly at Mitford Road.
Two tries from flying second row forward Joe Turnbull and a powerful run from Josh White had been the stand out scores from an entertaining outing for both teams.