Away point despite rare Town blank

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Penrith 0 Morpeth Town 0 Northern League, Division One

Denied the chance to go top of the table by near-neighbours Bedlington Terriers a few days earlier, The Highway Men travelled to Cumbria on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways and consolidate their position in the top six of the league table.

Morpeth turned in an impressive display of controlled attacking football that had their hosts on the back foot for much of the game, but they were unable to find the back of the net.

In the first attack of the game, a Sean Taylor snapshot from the edge of the area rattled back off the crossbar to the same player, whose acrobatic volley was well saved by Richardson in the Penrith goal.

On the half-hour, Taylor was again unfortunate when his fierce drive rebounded to safety via the angle of post and crossbar.

Committed to attack, Taylor was again denied by the woodwork five minutes from time when his powerful free-kick smashed against the underside of the bar, bouncing down onto the line before it was cleared.

On another day, The Highway Men would have completed a comfortable victory but this point leaves them in a very creditable fifth position in the league.

Morpeth line-up: Dryden, Hiftle, Lancaster, Grant, Grieve, Buchanan, Taylor, Bell, Anderson, Chilton, Keenan (Waugh).

A week last Wednesday, Town lost 4-1 at Bedlington.

Scott gave the hosts the lead after latching onto a rebound and Nellis showed great composure when put through to make it 2-0.

Morpeth had a chance to get back into the game with 15 minutes remaining, but Chilton’s effort was skied over the crossbar. Bedlington then scored again with a Nellis strike.

The visitors managed a consolation when Chilton headed home from a corner kick, however it finished 4-1 as Walton’s effort from just outside the area found the net.

Hewin’ Goals – a play about the 125-year history of the Northern League – kicks off a five-week North East tour at Morpeth Town’s Craik Park ground on Thursday, October 2.

Backed by Arts Council funding and produced and performed by the County Durham-based Backscratch Theatre Company, it will echo the belief that all the literature of the world can be told in seven stories by concentrating on seven snapshots from league history.

They include Darlington St Augustine’s improbable inaugural championship in 1889/90, the story of West Auckland’s ‘World Cup’ win, the American influence of men like Bob Rich at Bedlington and the recent unequalled run of Northern League teams at Wembley in the FA Vase.

Inevitably, it will be a play of two halves (each of 45 minutes) and there will be additional attractions like club songs, games of keepy up and Subbuteo.

For further details and ticket information, visit www.backscratchtheatre.wordpress.com