Morpeth see off bitter rivals Alnwick in the Mitford Road mud

A WELL deserved 32-19 win over arch rivals Alnwick in the Mitford Road mud offered the perfect start to Easter tour preparations for a highly charged Morpeth RFC Under-14s side.

Off the back of two great wins – including a 40-0 thrashing of Ponteland to seal a place in next month’s Northumberland County Plate final – Morpeth were always in the driving seat against Alnwick, despite conceding an early converted try to the forward dominated visitors.

Two tries from centre Josh White, including a superb dummy and break, led the way for Morpeth as the Mitford Road youngsters again showed their skills, commitment and teamwork in the difficult, testing conditions.

Well marshalled by fly-half Sam Eyres and taking advantage of some quick ball from the ever busy and dependable scrum-half Will Allen, the Morpeth backs were a constant threat for an Alnwick team.

Tries by wingers Jacob Crooks and Liam Shipperlee, flanker Lewis Nicholson and a rampant run to the line by big second row Joe Turnbull ensured Morpeth were never in any danger of conceding the lead, despite taking their foot of the pedal in the latter stages which saw Alnwick score two late consolation tries.

Sam Eyres added to the points with one conversion while man-of-the-match went to the impressive Jacob Crooks, who showed his undoubted rugby skills and versatility with a solid performance at open-side flanker for the last 20 minutes of the match.

The Morpeth youngsters will be bolstered by this and the other recent wins as they gear up for their first ever Easter tour, which will see them travel to Holland on April 5 to 9 for two games.

Let’s hope it’ll be more Double Dutch than tulips from Amsterdam for the boys.