Alnwick III 10-26 Eds PDF Print E-mail

Again the Eds started slow and it looked like a repeat league fixture from earlier this season where Alnwick pack looked strong as always. The first 10 minutes the signs looked ominous.  Their forwards came out doing what they usual do which is crash around the fringes and make yards that way.  The ball came out to their 10 once in the opening stages, and when it did he put boot to ball making some good yard with a sweet left foot. The Eds pack were getting pushed back on every scrum which would continue throughout the game. Had it not been for a classy showing by a weighty Birch at 8 controlling and picking at the back they might have done more damage.  

I'm the back of the packs pressure, Alnwick struck with an early try to go 5-0 up. 

That was the wakeup call the Morpeth lads needed and from that moment on they barely got a look in. The Eds forwards started tackling harder and absorbed all the pressure around the ruck, making the gain line a wall of red and white, giving away little in terms of yards. 

Chat in defence was where it needs to be and nothing got through. James Slater stood up to be counted and was everywhere - spurring every other man on the pitch into action.

3 of the Eds tries came from within their own half with clever little kicks over the top.   Concentrating on their usual tight game, Alnwick left massive gaps at the back which played into the hands of the ever impressive Evans and Morris who had their opposite numbers beaten every time.
Try of the match came just before half time when Young lined up to clear the ball off the back of a scrum but as a result of some pressure from their open side decided to take it on and broke from our five metre line, burst a couple of tackles and fed Evans on the half way line to run in an great end to end try.
In summary our pack put the hard yards in, stifling any threat that the Alnwick boys had. The Eds pack laid the platform for the backs to capitalise on the limited ball they received. Something that's becoming a bit of a signature of the Eds squad.
Difficult to single anyone out because everyone played well. Even the subs that came on put a great shift in. No passengers on the pitch last night which is crucial. MOM honours go to Slater. Great league win away at our favourite 
fixture against our local rivals and a great set of lads in Alnwicks 3rd team. 

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