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Who will win?

Alnwick
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Morpeth
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Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« on: April 11, 2017, 02:45:14 PM »
It's a N1E final again this year. Current holders Morpeth take on close rivals Alnwick.

Alnwick have only won the trophy once before when they beat the mighty Gosforth back in 1984. Can this Saturday be the their day? They've already beaten 'Peth twice this season so my money will be on them.

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Re: Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 06:56:34 PM »
Seeing as others are only voting and not commenting...

I'll put in my two penneth. I've got a feeling 'Peth will win. They won it last year, they don't HAVE to win it (if that makes sense?) seeingas many of their lads won it last year. They're not the team under pressure. I've looked at the results of the cup and Alnwick were last in it in 1999! One or two of the Alnwick lads may not have even been born - they'll feel the pressure to win this thing.

Morpeth 15-14 Alnwick

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Re: Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 01:01:46 PM »
A very very close game. I think Morpeth will feel that they lost it. Alnwick, played the conditions better and probably deserved to win.

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Alnwick RFC 11-7 Morpeth RFC
Northumberland Senior Cup Final

The first aspect that needs to be covered is that this Cup final , was a credit to both sides and match officials providing such an exciting match, intensely competitive,yet played in such a good spirit. The sides,having already met on two previous occasions this season with Alnwick being victors,albeit by the narrowest of margins.

Often when you look forward to the Cup final and another match between the close rivals the match itself fails to live up to the promise, however, this game gave the spectator everything and if not a little more. The match hosted by Novos was played on a bright spring afternoon with a strong wind blowing directly downfield.The conditions played a significant part in the match itself. Alnwick took advantage of the elements in the first half and took the lead when full back Bird taking full advantage of the wind converted a long range penalty . At this time Morpeth’s set piece was particularly sound. The lineout work of Hill, Campbell, Craigs and Dawson, coupled with set scrum power of Moody and Carmichael kept Alnwick at bay. In a match where the wind was so strong it could well be argued that neither side made full use of the elements,a fact that materialised as the match developed. Nevertheless Bird again was successful from distance to make the score 6-0 after 20 minutes.

Shortly before half time Morpeth patiently worked their way upfield and created a scoring overlap which was spoilt by the indecision and an infringement,which made the half time score 6-0 Alnwick who hadn’t really created a try scoring opportunity. A 6-0 scoreline at halftime represented a really good Morpeth performance, particularly by the pack who really did play outstandingly well. The second half almost mirrored the first,with this time Alnwick showing patience,organisation and resilience , with Morpeth unable to secure enough good possession to enable them to dictate territory. That said when those opportunities arose they were not taken. Then Alnwick’s patience ran out when a cross field run and then attempting to force the play,Ward, intercepted, ran 40 yards, to touch down for yet another try by the outstanding wingman.Ball converted well,not the easiest kick considering the conditions.


Morpeth were leading 7-6 with some 28 minutes still to play, this was a tall order now for this Alnwick side, now minus the fulcrum of their defence,given injuries to both full back and wing. Apart from a sporadic passage of play when Morpeth applied pressure inside the Alnwick 22m area, Alnwick dug deep, with a marauding back row, patience and tenacity in keeping possession, starving Morpeth of any continuity, although Ball was just short with a long distance effort. The game changed after 72 minutes. Alnwick had taken play on or around the Morpeth 22, when they conceded a scrum, which was safely won. From that possession Morpeth moved the ball wider to give an easier clearing kick, when this was not completed Alnwick’s excellent defence disrupted, turned the ball over into their possession before sprinting away to score in the corner. Given the factors of wind the exact accuracy of the clearing kick was not as important as getting it down there and asking Alnwick the question-score from here ? Nevertheless credit to Alnwick for their spirit and ability to win the game, yet Morpeth would undoubtedly feel they had in fact lost the game

Read more at: http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/sport/morpeth-edged-out-by-alnwick-in-county-final-1-8496395

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Re: Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 02:41:34 PM »
An Alnwick perspective from the Northumberland Gazette.

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Alnwick hit back to claim County Cup with close win over Morpeth

Alnwick RFC 11-7 Morpeth RFC Northumberland Cup Final

Thirty three years ago , Wednesday 18th April 1984, was a memorable day for Alnwick Rugby Club when they won the Northumberland Challenge Cup for the first time. Their team took on Gosforth at the Northumberland County Ground and scored two penalties to a try to win 6 – 4. In those days, Gosforth were a top-flight club who had won the cup 18 times in 19 years and Alnwick’s win ended their run of 13 successive victories. On the day of the final, Gosforth fielded no less than three full internationals, an England trialist and a host of county players. Alnwick had been losing finalists on four previous occasions so this performance, described as a triumph for ‘brave hearts’ and ‘grit’, was something quite special.

Many of the Alnwick participants on that day have continued in various capacities to devote time, energy and support to help the club grow, develop and succeed. Now they can look with some pride at what has been achieved in the intervening years but there can surely be few moments more rewarding than to see the ‘brave hearts’ and ‘grit’ that current generation displayed to take the cup for the second time. The years may roll by but local rivalries continue and the passion and commitment on and around the Novos ground last Saturday were as intense as ever. Morpeth had twice been narrowly defeated in the league by Alnwick but both sides felt that they had a point to prove and served up an exciting cup final worthy of the occasion.

A strong buffeting westerly wind affected play throughout the game and was almost directly behind Alnwick as they kicked off on a hard pitch in bright sunshine. Alnwick were on the attack immediately as the forwards tidied up a Morpeth chip out of defence and quick handling saw Cuthbert put Moralee away on the right but his chip ahead just rolled dead before he could reach it. Morpeth were unable to gain much ground from an early penalty and a second penalty shortly afterwards lost them some 10m as the kick ballooned backwards into touch on the wind. Two further penalties helped Morpeth towards half-way, but then were penalised at a scrum and Bird judged the wind well to put over a superb kick from some 45m for a 3 -0 lead. Almost from the re-start Alnwick gained another penalty in a similar position and Bird’s judgement was again spot-on, his excellent kick making it6-0 after 15 minutes.

Morpeth found it hard going into the wind but from an attack on the left a bobbling grubber into Alnwick’s 22 gave the defence some awkward moments before Bird was able to clear. A penalty to Morpeth gave them a line-out on Alnwick’s 22, but were a mite unfortunate to be penalised as they peeled round the tail of the line-out and referee Ash was comprehensively flattened by the bulk of a rampaging Morpeth forward. This was as near as Morpeth got to Alnwick’s line in the first half and although both sides had their share of penalties, neither could gain much advantage.

Alnwick’s sensible tactical kicking was a critical factor in keeping Morpeth contained and probably helped them get the better of the exchanges as the rest of a scoreless half was played out largely between the 22m lines. Due to injuries, Alnwick had to re-shuffle their back line at half-time, but showed great adaptability and started the second half brightly. Managing the windy conditions better than Morpeth, Warcup was happy to gain modest amounts of ground by keeping two penalty kicks low under the lee of the club-house to keep the pack going forward. The second of these gained a line-out on Morpeth’s 10m line followed by a scrum, and as Alnwick moved the ball left along the backs things looked promising until Moralee was mortified to see his pass intercepted by winger Ward who galloped in for a try which Ball converted for a 6-7 lead 10 minutes into the half. With the wind behind them, the odds now favoured Morpeth but attack and counter-attack were nullified by solid tacking from both sides.

A penalty to Morpeth from a similar position to Bird’s earlier successes might have settled the match but the kick went adrift on the wind. Alnwick carried the game back to Morpeth continuing to make headway to Morpeth’s 22 through quick and determined driving support. On 35 minutes, Alnwick’s best chance appeared to have gone when they conceded a scrum on Morpeth’s 22, but instead of booting the ball out of danger, Morpeth made the error of trying to run out of defence. They might have succeeded but for a tackle by the redoubtable Cuthbert on the 10 metre line, who kept on his feet and as the ball was spilled popped it up to Warcup who appeared from nowhere on his left shoulder. With Morpeth’s players in attacking mode, there was no cover to hinder Warcup as he rocketed down the touchline to score in left corner for 11 – 7, with the wind defeating Mallaburn’s conversion attempt. Alnwick now sensed that they had one hand on the cup and were not going to be denied.
Next match: Guisborough (Away) Saturday 22 nd April. Kick off 3.00pm. On Saturday 22 nd April at Greensfield Alnwick 2nds play Percy Park 2nds in the Candy Cup Plate Final. Kick off is 2pm.

Read more at: http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/sport/alnwick-hit-back-to-claim-county-cup-with-close-win-over-morpeth-1-8498385

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Re: Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 11:10:15 AM »
Cup final footage.