Morpeth hoping to be lucky in the Longhirst Sevens

MORPETH Rugby Club are playing host to the Longhirst Sevens on Bank Holiday Monday.

MORPETH Rugby Club are playing host to the Longhirst Sevens on Bank Holiday Monday.

The biggest seven-a-side competition in the North East takes place at their Mitford Road ground.

Starting at 1pm, the on-field action will be complemented by live music and a barbecue, with the post-tournament party getting underway from 7pm.

Confirmed teams for the event include West Hartlepool, Darlington Mowden Park, Tynedale, Alnwick Barbarians and hosts Morpeth, with invitational sides The Ringers, Rapid Fitness, The Wolf Pack and KS Crusaders also turning out.

Meanwhile, Morpeth RFC's survival prospects took a major boost on Saturday, as their 50-36 win over Team Northumbria pushed them out of the relegation zone.

For the first time this season the club had dropped into the bottom three of the North One East table but, buoyed by their returning players, they ran in seven tries in a convincing display.

Rory Morrison, Paul Scott, David Lynn, Ben Sims, Andy Duggan, Ben Hornby and Dan Halliday all crossed the try-line, with the boot of Matty Jinks adding six conversions and a penalty.

The result now leaves Morpeth fifth from bottom – four points and two places above the relegation zone.

Captain Tom Wilkinson's side also have at least one game in hand on the two teams immediately beneath them, with Yorkshire sides Driffield and Pontefract both fighting for their lives along with second-bottom Northern FC.

Hartlepool Rovers are already down and out, after winning just two of their 25 league games.

This weekend’s programme sees Morpeth at home to fifth-placed Wheatley Hills in their penultimate match of the campaign.

Morpeth will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the 38-3 hammering they suffered away to the County Durham side back in October before they finish their league season on Saturday, May 7, with a trip to Cleckheaton.

Meanwhile, in Durham and Northumberland One, Ashington rose to fifth in the table with a 58-8 demolition of Redcar.

The Clevelant strugglers have won just one of their 25 league games this term, and Ashington were in ruthless mood as they racked up a major score in their penultimate match of the season.

Ashington end their campaign this Saturday with a trip to Ryton.

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