Emphatic home form continues for Morpeth

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Morpeth Town 4-1 West Auckland

Morpeth Town are looking ahead to a huge seven days in the EBAC Northern League Division One after a comfortable 4-1 victory over West Auckland Town at Craik Park on Saturday afternoon.

First half goals from Liam Henderson and Joe Walton gave the hosts a two-goal lead at the break before Henderson doubled his tally to extend the Highwaymen’s lead early in the second half.

Zak Boagey pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before substitute Michael Chilton completed the scoring.

Morpeth are due to face a tricky away trip to Guisborough Town tomorrow night before making the journey to the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday to take on table toppers North Shields.

The first golden chance fell to the home side on 12 minutes, Denver Morris winning the ball on the right edge of the penalty area, pulling the ball back to Walton who lofted a cross into the six yard box where Henderson was waiting to guide the ball home with a deft header.

Morpeth doubled their lead in the run up to half-time. Morris hit the base of the woodwork, the ball picked up on the left for the Highwaymen. Morris finally regained position, whipping a cross in to the six-yard box for Walton tap home through the ‘keepers’ legs.

The hosts started strongly after the break, adding a third within five minutes.Henderson netting from an acute angle after charging down a clearance from the keeper.

The striker then missed a great chance for his hat-trick when he turned and hit the post from 15 yards.

The visitors were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes remaining. Boagey stepped up and rolled the ball low into the net, sending Dryden the wrong way.

But in injury time, it was substitute Chilton who completed the scoring, converting a low Sayer cross after he pulled away at the back post

* Last Wednesday Morpeth were held to a 2-2 draw by current Northern League Division One champions Shildon in an eventful game at Dean Street.

Liam Henderson handed the visitors the lead on the half-hour mark before Matty Robson struck home from the penalty spot three minutes later.

Morpeth regained the lead six minutes after half-time when Sean Taylor tapped into an empty net after Shildon’s Nick Liversedge and James Harwood collided.

Chris Reid was penalised for a handball in the area, which handed the hosts another lifeline and Robson sent Karl Dryden the wrong way to earn the hosts a point.