Morpeth RFC U16s are eyeing a winning finale to their season after seeing off a touring team from Yorkshire, with several players already targeting a place in the colts’ squad next season.
With two games to go before the end of what has been a mixed season results wise, the Mitford Road youngsters overcame a competitive Driffield 17-12 in wet conditions last Sunday.
A brace of tries from Grahame Milne was the highlight of a hard fought, competitive and entertaining match between two evenly match teams.
Morpeth opened the score after centre Josh White took his chance to carve through the opposition back line within ten minutes of the kick-off.
However, the lead did not last for long as Driffield hit back after a driving maul saw them power over for five points.
Milne then scored the first of his two tries, powering his way over from about 20 metres after shrugging off the attempts of the Driffield backs to stop him as he gave Morpeth the lead at half-time.
A more spirited second half display saw Morpeth continue to press the opposition line for a further score.
A shift around in the backs resulted in some entertaining runs from winger Reece Jones before a well-taken opportunity prised open the Driffield backs to enable Milne to go through unopposed under the posts.
Fly-half Sam Thompson slotted the conversion to give Morpeth 17 points before a late try from Driffield narrowed the final score to five points – probably a fair result in the end and one for the Morpeth boys to build on as they head next to Alnwick in a couple of weeks time.