Opposition Turn Up Late
As the men of Morpeth arrived at Billingham they were greeted to an empty pitch and no opposition to be seen. The captain was starting to get nervous thinking he had directed everyone to the wrong pitch.
The opposition eventually started to arrive and just pulled a team together 15 minutes late of the push back time.
This delay did not affect Morpeth’s attitude who started with high tempo and pressed Billingham high from the off. Good movement from Jack Tordoff, Jamie Macdonald and Luke Hudson up front created various opportunities with Billingham pinned in their own D. This pressure eventually paid off when a ball in the D was nicked with the smallest of touches by Jamie Macdonald to direct it into the net. This was later followed again by some good play by Morpeth resulting in the keeper in no mans land and Luke picking up the ball at the top of the D and ‘eventually’ reverse hitting the ball into the net. The half was finished off nearly 3-0 up with a fantastic through ball by Adam Craggs finding the rare sight of Ayad Shaffiq playing striker through on goal. Sadly this was not his moment to shine and some brilliant hockey did not come up with its just rewards.
The second half continued in a similar manner. Some great runs from the full back were being produced from Tony Cook and Dan James taking advantage of the space they were given. If it wasn’t for some lovely golf swings these would have resulted in the full backs getting onto the score sheet. Morpeth were given the opportunity to increase their lead when they were awarded a penalty flick for kicking the ball on the line. Before the umpire had finished blowing his whistle Gareth Mellor was on the flick spot claiming he was the man for the job.
This proved to be the right decision as he roofed it into the net. As the second half continued the young lads Luke Hudson and Jamie Macdonald both added to their tallies taking Morpeth 5-0 up. Jamie nearly had his hat trick via a great through ball to him at the back post from Tony Cook, but sadly missed his chance resulting in the ball smashing into the oppositions umpire’s foot .
Before the game was out Marc Stewart in goal had hardly touched the ball but in the last minute Billingham managed to create a rare counter attack which was only stopped via some good goalkeeping ensuring Morpeth kept another clean sheet.
A good result for Morpeth 2’s against a weak side. Next week against Gateshead 2’s will be a much sterner test for the boys in green and gold.
MOTD: Luke Hudson