Rugby Union: Morley top the table after Westoe win

Morley's Tom Clough scores against Westoe. Picture: Dennis Elam
Morley's Tom Clough scores against Westoe. Picture: Dennis Elam
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Morley RFC are sitting pretty at the top of National 3 North thanks to their second five-point win of the new season.

The Maroons produced a commanding display to see-off visitors Westoe 35-12 on Saturday and extend their perfect start to the new campaign.

Morley faced early pressure from Westoe but Tom Clough broke away to put the hosts 5-0 ahead with the first try of the afternoon.

The hosts dominated the game but handling errors let them down and they had to wait until four minutes before the break to add to their tally.

Good work from Mark Chester and Paul Gabriel released Ben Bell, who raced clear to cross under the posts.

Chester added the conversion and he was on target again just before the break when he punished an offside infringement to give the hosts an 18-0 half-time advantage.

Morley continued to suffer from a lack of precision in the second half and their defence was called into action to keep Westoe out,

However, man of the match Tom Hanson’s break put Bradley Marshall through for another score just before the hour. Chester again converted to make it 25-0.

Pushing for the bonus point, Morley were caught out by two long-range tries from James Clark and Andrew Lawson that reduced the deficit to 25-12.

However, the Maroons refused to panic and Gabriel crashed over from a rolling maul to secure the bonus point.

Chester again added the extras and he added another penalty to the tally with the last kick of the game.

Morley will be well pleased with the result and much of the performance but they will need to significantly reduce the number of handling errors when they travel to second place Waterloo on Saturday.