Morpeth 28 – 13 Percy Park
Supporters, coaches and if they are honest, the players themselves would agree that this was arguably the worst team performance of the 1st XV under the tenure of Coach James Ponton. Having played well last week in the opening league win against Billingham, most of the squad boarded a plane for Ibiza for Tony Dunn’s stag do, not returning until Thursday evening, and the haze under which they touched down at Newcastle was carried into the game on Saturday at Mitford Road.
The signs of under preparation were there for all to see as Park took to the field not in the accustomed black and white but in magenta strips, borrowed from the home side as the shirts had been left at Preston Avenue. The strips didn’t turn up until half time, some would say neither did the team.