Upton too good for below-strength Morley

Liam Harnell scored Upton's final try in Saturday's win against Morley Borough. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Liam Harnell scored Upton's final try in Saturday's win against Morley Borough. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Upton ARLFC open-age team ground out a 22-8 home win against under-strength Morley Borough in the Pennine League’s Premier Division.

Morley arrived at Upton with only 12 men but even though they were depleted they were certainly no push-overs.

The visitors scored first with a try at the corner after being awarded a dubious penalty.

Upton stuck to their game plan and Nick Welsh, Matt Steadman, Ritchie James and Stuart James made good ground before Liam Harnell put in Dave Backhouse.

They stretched their lead when good play by Joe Ashby, Aaron Cartwright, Alan Thomson, Harnell, Jimmy Mercer and Steve Beal culminated in young full back Jack Swain smartly stepping through three attempted tackles to score. Beal’s second goal made it 12-4.

Morley hit back when they scored from a crossfield kick to cut the gap to four points.

Upton’s Russ Brooks and Alex Copcutt tackled strongly and Nathan Kirby took the ball up well.

Swain’s break was supported by Beal who sent Zak Cook on his way before he was stopped by a high shot 10 yards from the try line. Upton took advantage of the excellent attacking position when Harnell sent Welsh stepping between two defenders for a try that Beal improved.

Morley lost two injured players, leaving them with 10 men for the second half.

hey fell further behind when Steadman’s great break saw Harnell power over.

Morley lost another injured player and a player from each side was then sin-binned.

It meant Morley had only eight players on the field, leaving the referee no option but to call an end to the game.

Upton’s man of the match award went to Aaron Cartwright followed by Ashby and Swain.

This Saturday Upton visit Eastmoor Dragons in the Pennine League’s Presidents Cup semi finals.