Morpeth RFC U14s saved the best until last, thumping local rivals Alnwick 55-5 in a season crowning performance to win the Northumberland County Plate final at Gosforth RFC last Sunday.
The Mitford Road youngsters played some pulsating rugby to retain a trophy they first won last year and thoroughly deserved the latest win with a classy show of teamwork.
Alnwick were never in a match which Morpeth dominated from start to finish, playing with panache, skill, commitment and passion as they ran in nine tries to one in blustery conditions on the artificial pitch at Druid Park.
The coaches had clearly done their work as Morpeth hit top gear right from the start, taking the lead with a well taken tap and go move which saw prop Nathan Howey power over within the first five minutes.
Further tries from Liam Shipperlee, Sam Fieldsen, Grahame Milne, Joe Turnbull and Lewis Nicholson saw Morpeth out of sight by half-time against an increasingly dispirited Alnwick team who were simply unable to find any answer to Morpeth’s constant attacks, strong scrummage and silky back play.
Tries from George Devereux-Tinley and the ever threatening Will Allen further stretched the lead in the second half before a well worked loop movement orchestrated by classy fly-half Sam Eyres saw inside centre Ewan Kirk go over for the try of the match.
The talented outside-half, playing probably his best match of the season with some scintillating breaks and superb game management, added to the try-fest with five well taken conversions in the windy conditions to end the game with ten points to his name.
Alnwick scored a late consolation try but it was the Morpeth youngsters who will be looking forward to next season and the chance to step-up a gear in their pursuit of further top honours.