Morpeth RFC Under-15s head coach Dave Chattaway is eyeing a winning run-in to the end of the season after his youngsters scored an impressive victory over local rivals Ashington with the prospect of a return match at home on April 27.
The Mitford Road youngsters dominated a highly entertaining match which offered a chance for regular non-starters like Rioghan Bruce (wing), Sam Thompson (fly-half) and Patrick Smith (scrum-half) to be involved from the kick-off and make their mark.
Despite the foggy and slippery conditions, Morpeth, after making the short trip to the Recreation Ground, ran out 48-7 winners over a physically imposing combined U15-16s Ashington side.
Morpeth dominated from the start and were soon in charge after an opening score from inside centre Jake Stevenson, who jinked his way through to score under the posts.
Flanker Lewis Nicholson then added a second try before scrum-half Will Allen – again marshalling matters well from the base of the scrum – went on a solo run to go over for Morpeth’s third try.
Despite regularly reshuffling players and positions, Morpeth never looked like losing their first game against Ashington as further tries followed from centre Sam Eyres, winger Reece Jones and prop Jonnie Waters before Sam Thompson claimed his first try of the season with a dash to the line after making an outside break that caught the Ashington backs flat-footed.
Second row Grahame Milne completed the try-fest with the eighth of the game, charging through to crash over in the final few minutes.
Man of the match Joe Ford had his best game of the season while conversions from Thompson and Eyres rounded off a fine display.
Chattaway said: “This was a good performance from Morpeth who thoroughly deserved the win.
“I was particularly pleased by those lads who don’t always get a start, but nevertheless impressed with terrific commitment and enthusiasm to show why they are invaluable members of the squad.”