West 15 Morpeth 21

By El Pedro - March 6 2016
West 15 Morpeth 21 Morpeth became only the second team this season to leave Brinkburn with a win, scoring three tries to two in a 21-15 victory.

It was a disappointing showing from West – we have played far better than this at home this season – but we were still in the game in second half injury time before a length of the field interception finished the contest.

We couldn’t have too many complaints though – we were second best in the scrum, threw countless loose passes and missed too many first up tackles. Morpeth were effective at slowing the ball down and neutralised our usually dangerous forward ball carriers.

The reality of the first half was we were fortunate to go into the break only 7-0 down. Morpeth missed a shot at goal on 11 minutes but opened the scoring with a try from second row Karl Campbell with 17 minutes on the clock. Full-back Andy Gayner had made the initial surge up-field and Campbell was on hand to finish from close range.

We were under pressure for the majority of the half, conceding a succession of penalties, but somehow keeping the visitors from adding to their score. We lost Zac Southern to the sin-bin for a tackle off the ball but scrambled the ball clear when it looked like a try would be scored.

Morpeth’s other clearest opportunity was created by centre Will Thornton who bust through tackle after tackle before finally being stopped short and we relieved the pressure with a penalty for not releasing.

Our best moments of the half came in the closing few minutes with a couple of close lineouts but we couldn’t get over the line for what would have been an important score. Given the balance of the game we had done well to limit Morpeth to just one score and when we made a lively start to the second half things looked promising. Gav Painter got us on the board with a penalty after 3 minutes but 10 minutes later after a knock-on on half way we conceded a needless penalty for kicking the ball away in frustration. Morpeth took full advantage, driving the ball deep into the 22 and from a series of powerful scrums close to the line, scrum-half Jack Elliot touched down. To add to our problems we lost Chris Atkins to the sin-bin in the build-up to the try. Phillips converted for a 14-3 lead.

The incident would typify our afternoon - we struggled for any continuity in attack but were still scrapping and after a long period of pressure finally got back into the game with a Liam Bailey try from short range after a rolling maul was stopped before the line. Southern, taking over the kicking duties after Gav Painter left the field with concussion, missed the conversion leaving us 7 points down with 10 minutes to play.

Liam Checksfield came off the bench to become the youngest league player for the club but he was unable to inspire a disjointed back-line as we continued to push for the potentially levelling try. Eventually, as the ball was thrown toward the left-wing Morpeth intercepted inside the 22 and replacement Ben Hornby won the foot race with Aaron Myers to clinch the game. Phillips again converted.

Referee Tom Ferridge from London found plenty of added time and 7 minutes in we managed to salvage a bonus point, Myers going over under the posts and Southern converting. It was small consolation but nothing our efforts hadn’t deserved.


West: Zac Southern, Joe Willis, Greg Edwards, Peter Youll, Scott Butcher, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Jack Angus, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Dan Boatman (captain) Liam Bailey, Aaron Myers, Sam Miller.
Changes: Liam Checksfield, Chris Atkins, John Painter.

Tries: Bailey, Myers
Con: Southern
Pen: G Painter

YC: Southern, Atkins

Morpeth: Andy Gayner, Callum Lawn, Alex Tait, Will Thornton, Ben Turner, James Phillips, Jack Elliott, Liam Carmichael, Carl Hill (captain), Tony Moody, Simon Michie, Karl Campbell, Matt Dawson, Mickey Craigs,Tim Michie.
Changes: Andy Shippen, James Armstrong,Ben Hornby

Tries: Campbell, Elliot, Hornby
Cons: Phillips 3

YC: Carmichael

Referee: Tom Ferridge [London]

West 15 Morpeth 21
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Re: West 15 Morpeth 21
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
07/03/2016 17:49
Spot on in every respect Pedro ... we were lucky to still be in the game at half-time and we were well below our usual standard in so many aspects of the game.
Hopefully we can write it off as one of those days, because it wasn't anything like a typical performance.
The fact that players at either end of the age scale - youngsters in the backs and a veteran in the front row - did as well as or better than the average for the day says a lot.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2016 17:53 by Rozzy 1.

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