4s battle hard to sement third place
Two Renwick strikes ensure the 4s stay third
Morpeth were aware that today was a must win game. The 4s sat in 3rd place and traveled to a 4th place Tynedale, who were level on points with O'Halloran's men before today's game.
The 4s were able to travel with a strong squad of 12 that consisted of the returning Paul Finch in goal, a back four of Vaughan Gordon , Jack O'Halloran (c), Oli Scott and Lewis Brown. Sam Burrin moved into the centre of midfield alongside Cameron Lauder and Gordon Mockett. Charlie Kendall started on the left with Henry Robson on the right. Leaving club treasurer Max Renwick to lead the line. And Brian Watson to come on.
Before the game the 4s were reminded to play short passes and work hard for each other as they were well aware of the threat posed by Tynedale. As so far this season Morpeth had both beaten and lost to the Hexham based side.
The game started with a flurry of Morpeth attacks with Sam Burrin coming close early on. Charlie Kendall proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Tynedale defence due to his pace and skills.
Despite both teams having phases in the first half of dominance it was Morpeth who took the lead. Charlie Kendall, who played his first game on the wing provided a fantastic ball into Renwick who slotted the ball home. A great team goal from Morpeth who really put into practice what was said before the game.
The away side were subject to some pressure during the end of the first half with centre backs Vaughan Gordon and Jack O'Halloran having to cut out a number of high balls aiming for Tynedale's high man. Tynedale grabbed a goal just before the break thanks to a long ball forward, that wasn't dealt with by goal keeper Finch. The ball was poked home from close range. 1-1.
With tensions getting high between the teams halftime was called and captains were reminded to calm their players down.
The second half started in a similar way to the first, with both sides having periods of dominance. However, even in Tynedale's times of dominance Morpeth always looked good on the break, helped by the pace and ability of Cameron Lauder, Sam Burrin, Henry Robson and Charlie Kendall. Despite some Tynedale pressure Morpeth's defence held firm thanks to some outstanding Paul Finch saves and some solid play from holding midfielder Mockett. An additional mention needs to go to Brian Watson who made some superb tackles and had undoubtably his best game in a Morpeth shirt.
The game looked to be heading for a 1-1 as both teams defended well. Unfortunately for Tynedale, Max Renwick thought otherwise as he grabbed his second goal of the game and his third goal in his last two games.
Morpeth from then on looked comfortable with the midfield pushing high, giving Tynedale no outlet.
The game ended. An impressive 2-1 win for Morpeth. The result puts Morpeth firmly in 3rd place with two games remaining; both against second place Stokesley who are now only one point ahead of the 4s.
MOTM: Henry Robson