Morpeth 2nds 26 v 5 DMPRFC 2nds
After a nightmare week for injuries and unavailabilities, DMPRFC 2nds travelled to Morpeth with only 14 men, and as the game unfolded, paid the price for taking a knife to a gunfight.
The visitors started brightly enough, and a great break by acting fly-half, Danny Kay
, led directly to a close-range score for temporary second-row, peter stollery
. There was plenty of effort in evidence, but with the home side having an automatic ‘extra man’ every play, the away team’s defence verged on the desperate throughout. An ill-advised attempt to keep the ball alive on fifteen minutes handed the easiest of interception tries to a Morpeth centre, and with the simple conversion added, they held a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish during the remainder of the game. Mowden were at least making them work hard for every yard of field position, but circumstances again conspired against them as young flanker, Alex Dunne
, was very unlucky to be sin-binned on twenty minutes. The thirteen remaining held out for most of Dunne’s absence, but were powerless to resist a line-out drive following a penalty to the corner, going 12 – 5 behind with twelve minutes of the half remaining. They defended stoutly when restored to 14, and the home side were unable to add to their lead before the break, leaving the brave visitors believing they still had a chance going into the second period. If they were going to get back into the game, they needed to score early, but further desperately bad luck quickly put paid to any such hope. Try-scorer, Stollery, suffered a bad cut following a clash of heads with fullback, John Allison
, and whilst the latter was able to continue with his man-of-the-match performance, Stollery took no further part, and Mowden’s ‘mountain to climb’ suddenly got a lot higher with 13 men for the rest of the game. They bravely attempted to keep attacking, but with a two man shortfall in personnel, they were never going to work an overlap by conventional means, and a degree of overplaying handed another interception try to the Morpeth midfield. At 19 – 5 behind, Mowden’s game was up, but they continued to defend bravely until the rugby gods’ final insult, when young scrum-half, Reece Brown
, suffered a blow to the head and had to leave the field with concussion. The dozen men who remained only cracked once, conceding a close-range try with two minutes remaining to finally lose 26 – 5. No one could begrudge the home side their victory, but Mowden’s ill fortune before and during the game will hopefully not be repeated for the rest of the season!