Alnwick face Morpeth in derby

Alnwick Rugby Football Club news and match reports.
Alnwick Rugby Football Club news and match reports.

It’s derby day today (Saturday) as Alnwick Rugby Club host Northumberland rivals Morpeth in North One East.

The fixture is set to be a tasty affair and is the first time the two sides have met in the league for a year-and-a-half.

Both teams have started the season well. Alnwick are currently sitting in fifth place, with four wins from seven matches.

They are two places above Morpeth, who have recorded one fewer victory in the league this term and are currently coping with the step up in class having been promoted from the Durham and Northumberland division one last season.

Both sides go into the weekend’s derby contest on the back of decent results last Saturday against high-flying teams above them in the table and sitting in the top three.

Alnwick, inspired by the place-kicking of James Bird and a fine try touched down by Peter Moralee, defeated West Hartlepool by 19 points to 13.

Morpeth, meanwhile, battled to a 15-15 draw against unbeaten Morley, relegated from National League Three Northern Division last season.

It is the first time the Northumbrian sides have played each other in the league since April 2014, when Morpeth defeated Alnwick by 18 points to 17.

Earlier in that campaign – which ultimately saw Morpeth relegated from North One East – Alnwick romped to a 17-0 home victory.

Today’s game at Greensfield kicks off at 1.30pm.

Last week’s match report: ALNWICK 19 WEST HARTLEPOOL 13