Tries galore in opening derby as Alnwick win by three points

Action from Alnwick U14s v Morpeth U14s.
Action from Alnwick U14s v Morpeth U14s.

Alnwick U14s 25 Morpeth U14s 22

Alnwick welcomed local rivals Morpeth for their first competitive game of the season.

The away side started very strongly from the kick-off and after a number of phases, centre James Teesdale burst through to score out wide, which was converted (0-7).

Morpeth began to dominate the match with a well-organised defence and incisive attacks, but were caught on the counter from a misplaced kick, which enabled Alnwick to score on the left wing. The difficult conversion attempt was missed (5-7).

Alnwick were still trying to get a foothold in the match when Morpeth’s forward dominance eventually paid off as number eight Clark scored the first of his two tries after some excellent work from Callum Lamb in the pack allowed him to drive over from 10 yards out.

The second try seemed to wake up Alnwick and their forwards stepped up their game to produce four unconverted tries to make it 25-12.

Undeterred by this setback, Morpeth fought hard to close the gap. Clever kicking allowed the visitors to get a good field position and a great chase by the back-line meant that Alnwick were pegged back inside their own 22.

The forwards then managed to recycle possession and excellent support play meant that flanker Ryan Watson was on hand to power over from close range. The conversion was missed.

The final try of the game followed a similar pattern as Clark powered over (25-22). The conversion was missed and Morpeth ran out of time to draw level or take the lead.