Another win for the 4s who climb into second
Another three Max Renwick goals take the 4s even higher up the table
The scene was set. A perfect day for hockey. The sun was shining and Stokesley were the visitors. Second vs third met in the CDL. Morpeth knew that a win would allow them to leap frog the visitors and push themselves into second place with only one game remaining.
The 4s had a strong squad with Paul Finch in goal. A back four of Harley Towart, Jack O'Halloran (c), Gareth Mellor and Ben Wardle. Into the midfield with Cameron Lauder, Alan Lasseter and Gordon Mockett who held everything together in a way only he knows how. The 4s then had Sam Burrin and Henry Robson out wide with Max Renwick leading the line. The 4s had four subs; Dom Burrin, Oli Scott, Simon Cook and Charlie Kendall.
Morpeth started the game well against what was an experienced Stokesley team who were boosted by a couple of younger players. Alan Lasseter got on the ball a lot in the early stages and paired with Cameron Lauder were able to come forward with some intent onto the Stokesley back line. Morpeth's right side also looked strong with Ben Wardle linking up perfectly with Sam Burrin.
All could agree a goal was imminent. It took a short corner from Alan Lasseter to be expertly dispatched by Max Renwick. 1-0 the 4s were heading to second.
As the half went on both teams continued to push forward. Stokesley looked strong on the break as a number of the Morpeth midfield started to tire as the half drew to a close. Stokesley themselves had a couple of short corner attempts to which Cameron Lauder running '1' and Jack O'Halloran's block provided an answer to. However before the break Stokesley did score. Their goal came from a poor defensive clearance that the opposition were able to capitalise on. They were gifted the ball, played a couple of silky passes and slotted the ball past Finch in the Morpeth goal. 1-1.
At halftime, the message was as usual load and clear. Remember to keep playing our short passing game and to work together.
The second half started with yet another Max Renwick goal. In almost a mirror image to Renwick's first effort, Lasseter injected, Renwick struck firm. Morpeth back ahead. 2-1.
From this point the Morpeth defence were rarely troubled. Harley Towart doing particularly well to mark his man at all times. Morpeth always looked good on the attack and arguably Sam Burrin could of added to his goal tally, until he remembered he only scores against Gateshead. Alan Lasseter also could of helped him self to a few on another day.
Morpeth eventually got their third to kill the game off. Lasseter broke from the midfield to square the ball to Renwick who finished off his hatrick.
A very impressive team performance, where Morpeth gained yet another big win thanks to Renwick's 4,5 and 6th goals in his last three 4th team games.
MOTM: Cameron Lauder