A dogged second half performance saw Morpeth RFC U16s maintain their winning start to the year with a 24-7 win at Alnwick on Sunday.
The match that should have seen the Mitford Road youngsters in charge and well ahead by half-time if try-scoring chances had been taken, instead they trailed by two points after make-shift back Joe Turnbull had initially put them in front.
However, a frank half-time talk from coach Dave Chattaway paid immediate dividends as Morpeth took charge from the re-start, despite playing into a strong wind.
Two tries from the ever-dependable Josh White, playing at full-back, saw the red and white of Morpeth step-up to take the ascendancy despite an on-going spirited and committed performance from the home side.
And Alnwick’s fate was sealed in the final stages of an entertaining game when Morpeth winger Recce Jones – who had always threatened – intercepted a pass on the halfway line to sprint home under the posts.
Two well-taken conversions from fly-half Sam Thompson sealed a result that by the final stages was never in doubt.
In the end, Morpeth deserved the hard fought victory but there is still plenty of hard work to be done by the youngsters if they are to be serious county cup contenders.