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1st XV - Match centre

Morpeth
Bradford & Bingley
J Jardine, F Boldy, M Craigs
Tries
T Cummins, A Majic, L Taylor
B Hornby, B Hornby
Conversions
L Taylor (3)
B Hornby
Penalties
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North One East Full time

Morpeth 22-21 Bees

Yellow Cards Need to Stop if Bees Want to Win.

The home side started the day as undefeated league leaders but only led this game with the final kick of the eighty minutes as Ben Hornby’s conversion of Michael Craig’s try in time added on saw Morpeth home and left the Bees with a solitary losing bonus point.

It has taken the Wagon Lane side some time to adapt to the new patterns of play that the coaching team have tried to install, but for most of this game it looked like the Bees would reap a handsome reward from sticking to the new game plan and keeping faith with the vision that the coaching team has for how the game should be played. A man of the match performance from Tom Johnson at stand off orchestrated some fine handling moves from the Bees and some extra pace and go forward was injected into the Midfield with the introduction of new signing Stefan Roguski after 20 minutes.

Although this is a new look Bees side, there was something very familiar to the travelling supporters about the first points on the board as Tom Cummins powered over from close range after 8 minutes. With Lance Taylor slotting the extra points the visitors deserved their early lead and looked to be the better side in the early exchanges. Ben Hornby pulled back a penalty for Morpeth with 14 minutes played, but it was the visitors who were playing more of the rugby and with the pack at least gaining parity with their hosts in the tight, looked dangerous with each possession.

The performance of two of the older heads in the Bees pack, Andy Smith and Ryan Wederell was key to the solid performance up front and the Bees next score came from the forwards. However, it took some superb footwork not normally associated with a second row to send Ante Majic over for the five points as the full back was turned inside out by the fleet footed lock on his way to the line.

The Bees were then suddenly undermined by a familiar problem this season, a yellow card. As has happened already this season, almost as soon as Michael Crotch crossed the whitewash for his usual ten minutes in the cooler, the Bees opposition were over for a score and a 14 points to 3 advantage was suddenly reduced to six.

Jake Jardine collecting the score in the 37th minute. The sides turned round at 14 points to 8 but almost as soon as the Bees were back to a full complement on the field, Taylor found a superb running angle to take a pass from Johnson to score his first try in Bees colours. Taylor converted his own score to put the visitors 21 points to 8 clear.

Morpeth are too good a side to allow the visitors to run away with the game and within three minutes Fraser Boldy was over the line to pull Morpeth to within 6 points after Hornby had tagged on the conversion. 28 minutes remained on the clock and with both sides picking up the pace of the game in attack and defence it looked increasingly like the game would be decided by no more than a single score.

Taylor had missed a kickable penalty for the Bees which kept Morpeth within a single converted score. As time ticked on close to full time the home side found themselves camped in Bees territory.

The Bees then had Max Mountain sent to the sin bin leaving them a man light with Morpeth edging ever nearer. With three minutes of time added on played, the Bees defence was finally broken and Craigs dotted down leaving Hornby a simple kick to claim the victory.

By

Nick Patterson.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Tom Johnson

Player of the Match

Tom Johnson

Key moments

9:00
Try Tom Cummins scores for Bradford & Bingley
10:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
14:00
Penalty Ben Hornby kicks a penalty for Morpeth
27:00
Try Ante Majic scores for Bradford & Bingley
28:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
37:00
Try Jake Jardine scores for Morpeth
48:00
Try Lance Taylor scores for Bradford & Bingley
49:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
52:00
Try Fraser Boldy scores for Morpeth
53:00
Conversion Ben Hornby kicks a conversion for Morpeth
80:00 +2:00
Try Micheal Craigs scores for Morpeth
80:00 +3:00
Conversion Ben Hornby kicks a conversion for Morpeth

Highlights

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80:00 +10:00 Player of the Match
Tom Johnson is awarded player of the match for Bradford & Bingley
80:00 +3:00 Conversion 22 - 21
Ben Hornby kicks a conversion for Morpeth
80:00 +2:00 Try 20 - 21
Micheal Craigs scores for Morpeth
80:00 Sub On
Joe Daley is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
80:00 Sub Off
Adam Sutcliffe is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
75:00 Yellow Card
Max Mountain is yellow carded for Bradford & Bingley
71:00 Sub On
Will Broadbent is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
71:00 Sub Off
Joe Daley is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
63:00 Sub Off
Corey Spencer is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
63:00 Sub On
Andy Smith is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
53:00 Conversion 15 - 21
Ben Hornby kicks a conversion for Morpeth
52:00 Try 13 - 21
Fraser Boldy scores for Morpeth
51:00 Sub Off
Andy Smith is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
51:00 Sub On
Corey Spencer is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Conversion 8 - 21
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
48:00 Try 8 - 19
Lance Taylor scores for Bradford & Bingley
41:00 Sub On
Max Mountain is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
41:00 Sub Off
Corey Spencer is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
End of period 1
40:00 Missed Penalty
Lance Taylor misses a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
40:00 Sub On
Corey Spencer is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
40:00 Sub Off
Max Mountain is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
38:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Hornby misses a conversion for Morpeth
37:00 Try 8 - 14
Jake Jardine scores for Morpeth
34:00 Yellow Card
Michael Crotch is yellow carded for Bradford & Bingley
28:00 Conversion 3 - 14
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
27:00 Try 3 - 12
Ante Majic scores for Bradford & Bingley
22:00 Sub On
Stefan Roguski is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
22:00 Sub On
Max Mountain is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
22:00 Sub Off
Will Broadbent is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
22:00 Sub Off
James Morton is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
19:00 Missed Penalty
Ben Hornby misses a penalty for Morpeth
14:00 Penalty 3 - 7
Ben Hornby kicks a penalty for Morpeth
10:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Tom Cummins scores for Bradford & Bingley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Morpeth
  • Bradford & Bingley
  • 0
  • Tom Cummins Try 9:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 10:00'
  • Ben Hornby Penalty 14:00'
  • James Morton Sub Off 22:00'
  • Will Broadbent Sub Off 22:00'
  • Stefan Roguski Sub On 22:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub On 22:00'
  • Ante Majic Try 27:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 28:00'
  • Michael Crotch Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Jake Jardine Try 37:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub On 40:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub Off 40:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub On 41:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub Off 41:00'
  • Lance Taylor Try 48:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 49:00'
  • Andy Smith Sub Off 51:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub On 51:00'
  • Fraser Boldy Try 52:00'
  • Ben Hornby Conversion 53:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub Off 63:00'
  • Andy Smith Sub On 63:00'
  • Joe Daley Sub Off 71:00'
  • Will Broadbent Sub On 71:00'
  • Max Mountain Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Sub Off 80:00'
  • Joe Daley Sub On 80:00'
  • Micheal Craigs Try 80:00 +2:00'
  • Ben Hornby Conversion 80:00 +3:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Scarborough 14 55
2. Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 14 52
3. Morpeth 13 45
4. Bradford & Bingley 14 45
5. York 13 41
6. Driffield 13 39
7. Percy Park 14 38

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