Bunch of five keeps Highwaymen in hunt

Morpeth Town 5 Washington 1 STL Northern League Division Two

AFTER three victories in a row, Morpeth went into this midweek game full of confidence.

In an exciting open start to the game, the first clear-cut chance of the game fell to Lunn, who shot into the side-netting.

Washington came close to scoring when Latimer curled his shot from 20 yards round the despairing dive of Mundy.

He was denied a goal by the far-post.

Carter was first to react but his weak shot drifted wide.

From the re-start, Mundy found McAlpine out wide. He fed the ball forward to Dormand who used his strength to hold off a challenge from White and play in Lunn, who drew Bannon in the Washington goal and calmly flicked the ball into the far corner of the net to give Morpeth the lead on 15 minutes.

The hosts came close to increasing their lead as Bannon saved McAlpine’s 25-yard free-kick and then a Lunn header from a McAlpine corner went narrowly wide.

On the half-hour, Washington started to show as an attacking force and Hamilton was played through the middle but Mundy was alert to the danger and made a fine save. His clearance was fired straight back at goal by Oliver and after bouncing once, crashed back off the crossbar. Tate was first to react and fired in the equaliser. The half ended 1-1.

Chances for both sides came and went, but the game burst into life on the hour with the introduction of Keenan and Fry into the Morpeth midfield.

Their impact was immediate. Dominating possession in midfield the Highwaymen started to stretch the Washington defence. Keenan tricked his way into the penalty area and won a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Dormand (2-1).

The second penalty of the game came on 80 minutes and McAlpine calmly rolled the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

The pick of the goals came three minutes later when McAlpine and Young linked to feed Keenan, whose exquisite chip from the edge of the box made it 4-1. Young’s neat flick on 85 minutes wrapped up the points.

This was another excellent team performance that kept Morpeth in the promotion mix.

Goals from the match can be viewed at www.northernleaguefootball.co.uk/index.php/videos/93-videos/233-morpeth-town-v-washington-video

Team: Mundy, Henderson, Walmsley, Grant, Hall, Hiftle, Young, Cartwright, (Keenan), Dormand, (Andrews,) Lunn, (Fry), McAlpine. P Gillan & Sons man-of-the-match: Ashley McAlpine.