Morpeth rugby youngsters end season in winning style

Morpeth RFC U15s ended the season in winning style after seeing off local rivals Ashington 34-31 in a hard-fought match at Mitford Road.

Head coach Dave Chattaway’s team, which saw several people playing out of their regular positions, took an early lead following a bullocking run from second row Caleb Williamson – who has had an impressive debut season for Morpeth despite some mid-season injury set-backs.

Taking advantage of the wet and muddy conditions both teams played some highly committed rugby to keep the crowd of spectators entertained with big tackles coming in from both sides, including some bone-crunching hits from Morpeth prop and man-of-the-match Jonny Waters and centre Josh White.

Morpeth added to their early opener with two tries from Grahame Milne, who impressed as a stand-in winger with some strong and direct running and a willingness to make the hard yards in the face of some strong defending.

Equally, flying ace George Devereux-Tinley, who came on for the second half, caught the eye with sprints that saw him go over for two tries as Ashington pressed and harried Morpeth throughout the final quarter of the game.

Earlier, Reece Jones rounded off a season that has seen him develop into a fine and reliable finisher with a typical jinking run that took him over in the corner.

Fly-half Sam Thompson and centre Jacob Crook added to the try count with a conversion each.