Strong Second Half Helps Morpeth Surge To Victory
Forwards on song as Morpeth make it 3 in a row
Morpeth came into their first home game of 2014 looking to build on their impressive away win the week before. They welcomed a Wilton side to Fortress Longhirst, who were in need of points, therefore the boys in green and gold knew that they would have to be on top of their game if they were to make it 3 wins in a row.
Morpeth had pushback, and the opening passage of the game saw them enjoy the lion’s share of possession. The away side looked to unsettle Morpeth, however the Longhirst based outfit were able to keep their composure and pass the ball into dangerous areas of the pitch. Morpeth created some good early chances, with Consitt, Foster and Kendall all attacking the space and working off one another. They also earned their side a string of short corners, and but for a number of fine saves from the Wilton keeper, Morpeth felt they should have been ahead. Shortly after this spell of pressure, it was the opposition who scored the opening goal of the game. A break away attack down the left hand side saw one of the Wilton forwards put through on goal, and in turn found the bottom corner of keeper Sam Read’s goal. Despite the setback, Morpeth knew not to panic and that if they carried on playing as they were, they would create enough chances to get an equaliser. And it wasn’t long before they found one; Craig Consitt was played through on the left hand side of the D, and his first time slap shot found the bottom right hand corner. Then just before half time, Morpeth could have taken the lead when Gareth Mellor played a through ball to Ritchie Brown, but his flick was gloved away to safety by the keeper. Half time came and the score remained at 1-1.
The second half got underway and saw Morpeth looking to seize the initiative from the off. They pressed the ball high up the pitch and managed to take it into the final third on a number of occasions. It seemed like Wilton were riding their luck as Morpeth narrowly avoided going ahead. 15 minutes into the half however, Morpeth finally broke through and got their second. The ball was played by Bruce McPate to Kendall on the right hand side. The experienced forward then drove along the by line before playing the ball across goal, where Foster was on hand to deflect it in. 2-1 and Morpeth had their tales up. The opposition were now clearly rattled and struggled to get the ball out of their own half. With Morpeth still on the offensive, they added a third goal. Again Kendall the man involved, picking the ball up at the top of the D and weaving his way past two defenders before slotting the ball underneath the keeper to make it 3-1 to Morpeth. The home side felt they had done enough to take 3 points, so skipper Brown called a half court press to see the game out. Wilton struggled to find a way through the organised midfield and defensive ranks. The game was then put beyond doubt as Phil Holmes won the ball in the Morpeth half, before playing it up field to the advancing Evan Mulligan. With the opposition stretched, Mulligan found Kendall in space, who then played another killer ball into the D, where Foster was once again on hand to apply the finishing touch. Moments later the full time whistle went, and Morpeth came out 4-1 winners.
With 3 wins in a row and only 1 defeat in their last 7, Morpeth will look to carry on the good form in the hope of cementing a top 4 finish.
Man of the Match: Ian Kendall
Scorers: Ian Foster (2), Craig Consitt, Ian Kendall
Starting Line Up: Sam Read (GK), Adrian Dye, Phil Holmes, Evan Mulligan, Tony Cook, Tom Carmichael, Bruce McPate, Ritchie Brown (C), Craig Consitt, Ian Kendall, Ian Foster
Sub: Gareth Mellor