Baptists’ poor away form continues

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Bethshan 2 Morpeth Baptist FC 1

MORPETH were yet again on their travels this week and were hoping for a good three points after beating Bethshan at Storey Park 4-0 earlier this season.

On yet another shocking pitch, Morpeth started the better side and created a host of chances within the first 20 minutes.

They dominated possession and look like taking an early lead.

But it wasn’t to be and in Bethshan’s first real attack of the game they earned themselves a corner and an easy header followed to give the home side an early lead.

Morpeth battled well and Johnson in the middle of the park created much of the attacking play.

It was Carmichael who broke down the right-wing and provided a ball for man-of-the-match Brown to score the equaliser from inside the opposition box. Morpeth kept up the attacking play but were caught on the counter and Bethshan went into the interval 2-1 up.

The second half was fairly even with the pitch heavily waterlogged and cutting up badly, making it increasingly difficult for any real passing football for either side.

Morpeth’s goalkeeper had little to do in the second half as his defence held strong, with Bethshan resorting to long-range shots.

Coach Curry said: “We feel very frustrated after that result, we need to more clinical with our chances and more physical in the tackles.”

Morpeth return to Storey Park this Saturday.

Team: D Appleby, B Dewhirst, P Brooks (M Richardson), T Brown, P Fletcher, D Cooper, A Carmichael, D Johnson, R Garbutt, P Walls (C Snowball), M Chambers.