Early Mistakes Prove Costly
With Marton Furness being 3rd in the league prior to this match it was never going to be an easy one.
Marton Furness were quick out of the blocks and the Morpeth defence were swamped and it wasn’t long before Marton Furness took an early lead. Morpeth however began to counter and with some good linking play between Stuart and Alan Evans Morpeth began to press the Furness D. unfortunately this attack came to nothing and again Morpeth were caught on the break and went two down. This opened the floodgates and although there was some good interlinking play down the wings between Jamie Macdonald and Peter Foster the thirds went into the break 7-0 as the Furness attack proved too much for the Morpeth defence.
This meant that at half time there needed to be some serious changes made. Captain Cook made a tactical decision and changed the formation to a more balanced one, moving Bott upfront where he has been proven before and bringing Paul Finch with added experience into the backline who proved essential in later short corners.
This change brought a new lease of life to Morpeth. They began to play for each other with the midfield tracking back and the defence pushing high when attacking. This camaraderie meant that the backline of Finch, Farrar, Murray and Durance held strong with some excellent tackles and marking. Unfortunately the pressure that Furness put on Morpeth meant that they were forced to concede a short corner. Murray and Durance were out quick however the switch left by Marton Furness meant that the goal was open to score. Only a spectacular cricket style defence by Finch meant that the ball was put over the bar and out for a long corner. Again and again Morpeth pressed but were unable to find the net to get the goal that had eluded them. Both sides had their chances, the left and then the right post prevented Marton Furness from taking the lead in the second half. It looked like Morpeth would finish the match having not conceded in the second half but a short corner meant that it was not to be. Again Durance and Murray were out to sop the shot but a switch all the way round the D meant that although Finch got a stick to the ball it caught his foot and so a flick was given. Mark Lightly the goalie that had a stunning game with excellent stick saves was unable to stop the Furness player tucking the ball in the corner and although Morpeth fought up the pitch again with Greenbeck winning the ball back time and time again the game finished 8-0.
M.O.M- Peter Durance