Alnwick bounced back from failing to reclaim the Brett Horse Trophy by winning the Bill Renton Memorial match this afternoon, defeating Berwick 26-8.
Alnwick were looking for a more positive result after Saturday’s 10-10 draw saw southern rivals Morpeth retain the Brett Horse Trophy.
And Berwick, visitors to Greensfield for the traditional Boxing Day clash between the two sides, were nowhere near as competitive as they came to town today.
Alnwick applied early pressure and were rewarded when two good scrums led to the award of a penalty try (7-0). The hosts stretched the lead as a line-out led to the ball being moved out to Gray, who touched down for another try which was also converted (14-0).
Hamilton went over to stretch the lead before Berwick came back with a try of their own (19-5). But the visitors couldn’t continue the comeback and Callum Burn showed his pace to score a great try, converting his own effort for 26-5.
There was a late three-pointer for Berwick, but they couldn’t make further in-roads into Alnwick’s lead and the final score was 26-8.
The Seconds and the Colts also took on Berwick in today’s festive feast of rugby.