Alnwick Colts endured end-of-season heartbreak as they lost out in the County Cup final to bitter rivals Morpeth on Sunday.
The Greensfield side were aiming to win another piece of silverware having already clinched the Northumberland and Durham U18 Saturday League title.
But the double was not to be, as the blue ‘n’ golds were toppled 33-10 by Morpeth at Percy Park.
The bulk of the damage was done in the first half, with the eventual victors going into the break with a 21-3 lead. Alnwick rallied after the interval, but to no avail.
Morpeth’s Cameron Walker was in fine form, scoring one try and kicking three penalties and a conversion.
Jake McKay, Deven Rees and Adrian Jonas also touched down and colleague Kieran Brown added two points with the boot.
For Alnwick, Greg Draper grabbed his side’s only try, Callum Burn converted and Jonny Ridley scored a penalty.
Despite the defeat, Alnwick – who came close to folding before the start of the season – can look back at a fine year, which saw them win the league at a canter, score a century of tries and nearly go the entire campaign unbeaten.
They also beat Morpeth to win the first Nathan Thomas Moore Memorial Cup, played in honour of the former Alnwick Colt who died last year.