Morpeth Baptist Church 13 Elim Pentecostal Sunderland 1
North East Christian Fellowship League Division One
MORPETH Baptist Church (MBC) secured their biggest win of the season in their last home match.
It was a one-sided match, played in front of a healthy crowd.
MBC started slowly and it was the away team, who were second bottom of the league having won only one match all season, who took a surprise lead in the fifth minute.
The MBC defence and goalkeeper failed to clear the ball well and far enough and it fell to Hilton, who volleyed into the empty net from a good 20 yards out.
MBC soon came back on level terms when Chambers scored with a header after a great cross from Garbutt from the left.
They then took the lead when a heavily-deflected shot from Garbutt wrong-footed the goalkeeper.
The MBC midfielder then scored his second, this time with a fine shot from the edge of the area, into the corner of the goal. When the chance came for his hat-trick, he lost his footing at the crucial moment.
By now, the home team were well on top. Johnson and Carmichael were combining well on the right, and Snowball was taking on defenders on the left.
Further goals came from defenders Elliott and Fletcher before half-time.
With the score 5-1 at the interval, coach Curry urged his team to go on and complete a big win, which they duly did. Man-of-the-match Lavender scored four, including some excellent finishes that gave the deflated Elim keeper no chance.
Chambers completed his hat-trick too, with a further brace of goals.
There was little for MBC goalkeeper Appleby to do, other than adjust his cap to keep the sun out of his eyes.
Dewhirst marshalled the defence well to stamp out any threat from the young forwards.
The away team’s heads dropped, and the team tired, a problem made worse as they had no substitutes available to use.
Meanwhile, the home team subs, Haxell, Brooks and Irwin, were sent on to provide some renewed energy and each tried, ultimately unsuccessfully, to join in the goal fest.
Captain Brown was moved to centre-forward and, after scoring a good goal with a powerful shot, dropped back into his more familiar defensive role. Johnson also added his name to the scoresheet, which was little more than his positive performance in the centre of the field deserved.
Everyone in the team played well and contributed to an excellent victory. MBC hope to end the season on a high with a win in their final match.
Team: D Appleby, A Elliott (A Haxell), B Dewhirst, T Brown, P Fletcher, A Carmichael, D Johnson, R Garbutt (C Irwin), C Snowball, M Chambers (P Brooks), B Lavender.