A Slippery Road To Victory
A trip down to Sunderland marked the return to the Club for Neil Grant. Panic stations before the start as Phil Tomlinson Taxi's was put into action
to rescue Jamie Macdonald. Alone & waiting to play at the wrong pitch... But SUCCESS as he was rescued & a full squad of 11 could take to the field. Sunderland on the other hand turned up with 10.
The game began with a few simple passes from left to right, right to left & some penetrating runs through the midfield from Chris Mather & Yuri MohyInytsky-Ingham. Linking up with James Greenbeck & Dominic Burrin.
It wasn't long before Morpeth found the net scoring two in quick succession. Bloody knees were starting to show as more players on both sides lost their footing due to the slippery state of the pitch.
The Sunderland umpire asked if players were ok to continue & the response was 'Yes'.
Half time came & we all decided more goals could be taken. They came from a hat trick from Andy Gallivan, Dominic Burrin with two & Jamie Macdonald to score the sixth. A strong performance from each of the defenders Peter Durance & Michael Murray both receiving a little kiss from the ball during play (But no lasting damage to their good looks). Not forgetting the centre of the defence Phil Tomlinson like a rock taking on any attack that slipped through & Neil Grant settling in nicely scaring Sunderland with a short corner strike to the top right hand post & in the dying minutes sweeping clear a Sunderland shot from a short corner.
This all helped goal keeper Mark Stewart from doing much during the game. But he was always ready to lend a hand or kicker to keep the Sunderland players from finding a way through to goal.
Over all a strong performance & an enjoyable game. Well played everyone.