With both sides in the relegation places this was a must win game for either side, given that Wirral had lost at Morpeth earlier in the season with the last play of the game.

Playing with the advantage of the strong wind it was the away side that went into a six point lead within seven minutes, as they were presented with two easy penalty opportunities by Jake McKay from in front of the posts.

It was evident that when Wirral had the ball they were able to make progress downfield and after pressure on the Morpeth line a blind side move allowed captain Craig Harvey to cross over in the corner. The conversion was not made but kicker James Annetts went on to convert all of his other kicks.

Morpeth hit back when Wirral did not clear following good use of the wind by the away side and then gave away a penalty enabling Morpeth to cross over from a 5m line out to extend their lead to 11-5. In the five minutes before half time, Wirral ran in two tries through Chris Crowley and Matt Loon to give Wirral a 19-11 lead at half time.

At the start of the second half, Wirral seemed to get bogged down in their own half instead of using the wind to clear their lines and it wasn't until the 63rd minute that they managed their next score and try bonus point, when Paul Lewis dived over in the corner after much Wirral pressure, 26-11.

In the last quarter of the game and playing with confidence, Wirral ran in a further four tries through James Annetts, Sam Broadbent, Hayden Long and a second for Matt Loon.

One of the tries was an exhibition of phenomenal passing as the ball went through numerous pairs of hands before ending with a try in the corner.

This gave Wirral a thoroughly deserved 54-11 win and thus eases their situation towards the nether regions of the league as they made considerable ground on the teams directly above them.

Next week Wirral can improve the situation with a win at bottom of the table Ilkley.