Good point for Highway Men

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Shildon 1 Morpeth Town 1 Northern League, Division One

MORPETH put in an excellent performance on Saturday to gain a draw at a league title contender.

The visitors suffered a setback as early as the 10th minute when influential defender Hall went down with an injured hamstring and had to be replaced by Hiftle.

But the substitute comfortably settled into the back four alongside Jewels and they were more than a match for second placed Shildon’s forwards.

The defence had limited the home side to one or two long range efforts, but were undone in the final minute of the half.

Skilful winger Ruddy for once found some space on the left and his deep cross was headed across goal by Hudson to Connor, who was able to slide the ball past Mundy from close range.

Town more than held their own in the second half, despite kicking up the hill and into a strong wind, and they started to press for an equaliser.

The introduction of winger Wright to the fray saw the Highway Men start to stretch the home defence and when Shildon keeper Graham failed to deal with one of his penetrating crosses, the alert Swanston headed home to give Morpeth a deserved equaliser.

With only a minute left on the clock, the away side went back on the attack. The ball was played into Swanston, who was denied by a brave save from Graham.

Morpeth Town: Mundy, Henderson, Walmsley, Grant, Hall (Hiftle), Jewels, Forster, Fry, Swanston, Keenan (Wright), Dunn.

Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Scott Swanston.