Young Starlets Shine
Due to a player shortage, the third team had to call on 4th team players to step up two divisions to contest this game against Marton Furness 4ths.
Many of the younger players had never played at this level before so it was always going to be a difficult task.
They may have had less experience, but the juniors started the brightest and were not overwhelmed by the opposition. Morpeth drove at the Furness D, with pace and skill and created numerous chances, but the young Furness keeper was keeping them at bay.
Furness were restricted to counter attacking, but the Morpeth defence were sweeping up their attacks and they were not creating many clear cut chances
Unfortunately, a mistake by the Morpeth Centre half allowed an overload of Furness players and they pounced to open the scoring. This did not deter Morpeth and they continued to press. They were rewarded with a Goal from Alan Lasseter.
Into the 2nd half and Furness started to come back into the game, looking threatening, but the Morpeth Keeper was having his own splendid game and was saving everything that was thrown at him.
Max Renwick struck a shot, which took a massive deflection to fool the keeper to put Morpeth into a deserved lead.
Furness to their credit didn’t gave up and continued to play some quick counter attacking Hockey and through one such attack they equalised and maybe this put a little bit of doubt into Morpeth's young team.
Despite the error in the first half that lead to Furness's opening goal, the Morpeth defence hadn’t learnt their lesson and another error resulted in a Furness goal.
So with 10 minutes to go, Morpeth found themselves chasing the game, while furness sat deeper and deeper, soaking up the pressure.
An equaliser was not to be, but there were more positives than negatives to take from this game, with every junior player showing their ability to play higher up the club.