Morpeth RFC’s game against Tynedale Raiders started in sultry conditions but ended in almost monsoon weather as the Mitford Road outfit signed off with a good win.
There was much to cheer about Morpeth’s win, albeit in a game of three 30-minute periods enabled rolling subs as both coaches tried out different formations
The result was secondary as Morpeth deservedly won 19-12.
Tries were scored from various positions both from loose play as well as a driving lineout as both backs and forwards combined.
What was more important was how the side was shaping up for the coming season and for Morpeth it was promising.
Forsythe was always to the fore and Defty looked very sharp in the back row.
Although skipper Morrison was missing, vice-captain Carmichael played with authority.
Last season’s Colts captain Alex Tait played on the wing and showed composure, which gives promise to what will inevitably be a highly competitive league programme.
The forwards look to be the strength of the side, however, with Hornby and Phillips in the backs Morpeth should carry a threat, particularly if Jinks can recover from last season’s injury.
A lot of last season’s County Cup winning Colts will feature this season with the first team, which is hugely important and it is good to see a number of Morpeth ‘lads’ returning to the club, including Cameron Curry, David Dickinson and Jonny Stephenson.
Morpeth play local rivals Alnwick away on Saturday in the quarter-final of the County Cup before entertaining Yorkshiremen Wheatley Hills back at Mitford Road the week after.