Early setback brushed aside

Morpeth Sporting Club U17s 5 Wideopen U17s 1

HAVING conceded a goal in the first minute the previous week, it was no great surprise that Morpeth found themselves a goal down within the first five minutes this week.

However, from the kick-off, Marc Tully ran past three defenders and finished with a good shot to put the home team level.

The goal produced the necessary spark for Sporting, who controlled the rest of the half.

A few chances were missed and then James Brown did very well to beat a number of defenders and cross for Craig Robertson to slide in from close range to put Morpeth ahead.

Wideopen threatened on a couple of occasions, but Morpeth were good value for their lead at half-time.

Playing against a strong wind, the hosts took some time to get back into their stride in the second half but the central midfield trio of Jonny Wilson, Phil Biggs and Jack Travers took control of the game, with Brown and Kyle Nelson doing well on the flanks.

Morpeth scored again after a period of sustained pressure when Travers played a good through-ball to Luke Rolt, who finished very well.

Brown then went on another good run and his centre drifted into the net to put Morpeth further ahead.

The home side were superior in all ways for the rest of the game. On the few occasions that the defence were called into action, Jack Tordoff, Joseph Laux, Alex Vescio and Adam Fawcett were equal to the challenge.

In particular, Tordoff was excellent in everything he did, not only winning challenges but supporting midfield and making good use of the ball.

It seemed inevitable that another goal would follow and Robertson added his second after linking up with Rolt to give Morpeth a clear victory.

Morpeth: Carr, Tordoff, Laux, Vescio, Fawcett, Tully, Wilson, Biggs, Brown, Travers, Robertson, Rolt, Nelson.