Morpeth Make It Four In A Row
Morpeth continued their unbeaten start to 2014 with victory over Newcastle Uni 3rd XI
Morpeth made the short trip to Coach Lane to take on Newcastle Uni 3rd XI, in search of their fourth successive victory.
With an early Saturday morning push back, Morpeth turned
up in high spirits and looked to start the game positively. Early proceedings saw each team create some good chances, however it was the home side who took the lead. Some loose marking by Morpeth allowed the Uni side to take the ball into the D unchallenged and put the ball in the net. Despite the setback, Morpeth continued to create chances and within minutes, found themselves an equaliser. Some neat link up play between the midfield and forward line allowed Morpeth to stretch the Uni Defence, before Ian Kendall played the ball to Craig Consitt who fired the ball into the bottom corner. The away side were now looking to get on top and put the Uni defence under continued pressure. Once again though Morpeth found themselves behind, with Newcastle scoring from a short corner; a well placed flick in to the bottom corner. It was becoming increasingly evident that there were more goals to be had in the game, and Morpeth knew if they could grab an equaliser before half time, they would have a chance of winning. And so it was, this time Morpeth scoring from a short corner of their own. A low flick from Tony Cook was expertly deflected in by veteran fox in the box, Ross Valentine. Half time and honours even with all to play for.
Morpeth came out in the second half and sat off the opposition, in order to stem the flow of attacks. And it worked perfectly, as the students struggled to find a way into the final third and gave the ball away on a number of occasions. This allowed Morpeth to hit Newcastle on the break, and with a number of players forward, managed to win another short corner. Again Morpeth were ruthless from the set piece and got a third goal. This time the ball was played to Ian Foster on the left hand side of the D, who in turn thundered a shot inside the near post. The away side were ahead for the first time in the game, and gave no sign of letting up. The Morpeth defence continued to frustrate the Newcastle forwards, with their organisation and communication proving key. The Experienced Quartet of Dye, Machin, Fairbrother and Mulligan held firm to keep Newcastle at bay. The Morpeth attack then put the team further ahead by adding a fourth. This time forward play maker Ian Kendall picked out Ross Valentine in the D, who took the ball around the goal keeper and placed the ball into the corner. The Longhirst based outfit felt they had done enough to win the game, but were in for a tense finish as Newcastle pulled a third back with five minutes to go. But Morpeth were not to be denied, and defended resolutely to see out the remainder of the game and come away with all three points. Notable mention goes to David Breakey for his work horse performance in midfield which earned him a deserved man of the match.
Man of the Match: David Breakey
Scorers: Craig Consitt, Ian Foster, Ross Valentine (2)
Starting line up: Sam Read (GK), Adrian Dye, Rob Machin, Stuart Fairbrother, Evan Mulligan, Tom Carmichael, Ritchie Brown (C), David Breakey, Ian Kendall, Craig Consitt, Ian Foster
Subs: Tony Cook, Gareth Mellor, Bruce McPate, Ross Valentine