Morpeth Reivers win through to the Candy Cup Final

MORPETH REIVERS 21PERCY PARK LIONS 15Morpeth won through to the Candy Cup Final with a hard fought victory against a strong Percy Park outfit who pushed them all the way. That said, the better side took the spoils and the home side deserved to win.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 24th February 2020, 11:21 am
Updated Monday, 24th February 2020, 11:21 am

It was a game that took place,' over the road,' due to the poor weather but a good crowd enjoyed a really competitive semi final played out in an exceptionally strong wind. Park had the elements with them in the first 40 minutes yet Morpeth with their forwards heavily reliant on Donnelly, Dickinson, Menzies and Number 8 Clark, kept matters tight with frequent forward drives. It was from one such incursion into Park's 22 when the ball was released wide for a potential home score only for Park to intercept a Morpeth try scoring pass then run the length of the field for a score of their own. 0-5.

This did not deter the home side who came back with a score of their own on 15 minutes when centre Bentley Brown crashed over after Donnelly had made the crucial break. Impressive full back Brown added the extras.7-5.

Then Grieve expertly put right wing Tom Lakey into spence for the right wing to step his way to the line from 60 metres out. Again Smith added the extras.14-5 on 25 minutes.

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But Park were not to be outdone and from a quickly taken penalty scored a converted try before the interval . 14-12. Halftime score.

Despite being against the elements Park took the lead when backs and forwards combined forcing the home side to concede a well struck penalty. 14-15.

The remainder of the game was mostly played in the Park half, with the home side sealing victory when, from a close range scrum Clark's pace saw him shatter the remaining Park defence to crash over for another converted try.21-15.

Park were not to be outdone and were a constant threat but the home side held out, making it through to a final against Northern Wanderers.

Scoops man of the match -Ian Menzies

Morpeth 1st XV had no game at the weekend – they are due to return to action this Saturday with a home game against Lymm.

Alnwick 1st XV, who also had no game on Saturday, are away to Carlisle with a 2.15pm kick-off.