Morpeth RFC Under-15s continued the new year in winning style after seeing off a strong Alnwick side 21-17 in a highly entertaining encounter in the Mitford Road mud on Sunday.
Tries from Nathan Howey, Josh White and Jacob Crooks were enough to see the home side through in a match notable for strong tackling, good handling and big hits by both sides.
Despite going behind after an early Alnwick score, Morpeth heads never dropped in the finger-numbing cold and driving rain as they fought their way back to take the lead midway through the first half – a lead they never looked like surrendering.
The second half saw Morpeth step up a gear to ply more pressure on the Alnwick line through some excellent close quarter forward play and tactical kicking from stand-in fly-half and man-of-the-match Jake Stephenson, who also kicked two conversions.
A late rally by Alnwick which led to last minute try was never going to be enough to beat a Morpeth side who now turn their attention to some tough games over the coming weeks including a visit to Novos.