Defensive lapses costly

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Chester-le-Street 2 Morpeth Town 0 Northern League, Division Two

POOR defending from set pieces was the key to Morpeth losing out in a game which they dominated for prolonged spells.

Town could have scored in the opening five minutes as Wyn Fremlin battled past the defence and goalkeeper to hit what looked like a certain goal, until a superb diving header on the line prevented them from taking the lead.

Chester-le-Street responded to Morpeth pressure with efforts of their own, forcing Adrian Langley into good saves.

It wasn’t until later on in the second half when the visitors conceded. An effort from a corner was saved but the rebound fell to a home player who converted an easy header.

Three minutes later, another set-piece faced Morpeth and Chester-le-Street pounced to mirror the earlier goal.

Town kept on showing character and were unlucky not to come away with anything. Man-of-the-match: Jevan Jull.

On Tuesday night, Morpeth were hammered 7-1 away to Marske United.

Fremlin put the visitors in front after four minutes, but the home side came back strongly and secured a comfortable victory with goals from Carl Charlton (3), Derek Bradley, Danny Brunskill, Ben Thompson and Jonathan Burton.

Morpeth are at home to Gillford Park on Friday and Crook Town on Tuesday (both games kick-off at 7.30pm).