North Shields Crusaders beaten but not disgraced in Junior Shield final
North Shields Crusaders were beaten by Morpeth Stags in the final of the Northumberland Junior Shield.
Crusaders were led by captain Peter Finlay at centre alongside Bruce Parker. In the pack, Sam Condie returned at hooker with Richard Sampson moving back into the second row alongside Owen Irving.
Morpeth were first on the score sheet with an unconverted try before a penalty from Matthew Padden gave Crusaders their first points.
Morpeth added a second unconverted try before Shields’ scrum-half Dom Foster reduced the arrears to make it 10-8 to Mortpeth.
Stags scored two quick tries before prop Sean Craggs scored for Crusaders with Padden adding the extras to make the half-time score of 20-15 to Morpeth.
Into the second half and the first points were a penalty kick from Padden to close the gap to two, but then Morpeth dominated the final quarter to score four unanswered tries, adding the conversion to one of them to make the final score 42-18 and a win for the higher league opposition.
Crusaders gave their best and should be proud of their achievements to make the final and put up a good display against a strong side.
Next week Crusaders return to league action with Chester-le-Street 2nd XV visiting Preston Playing Fields, kick-off 3pm.