Hawks are grounded

Heaton Hawks U14s 0 Morpeth Sporting Club Madrid U14s 2

MORPETH visited league leaders Heaton and delayed their promotion party.

The game started evenly with both sides struggling to get through the defensive line-ups. The hosts had the possession and kept the Morpeth defence of Campbell, Gascoigne, Riley and Thompson under pressure.

Madrid started to push out as the half wore on, with the midfield taking control and Robertson put a good ball through for Barry, who had the keeper beaten, and squared to Smith, whose shot was blocked on the line.

The ball rebounded and his second shot was again blocked on the line by a covering defender.

Scott, on the wing, was causing problems for Heaton with his pace and he freed Smith, who beat the keeper only to see his shot again kicked off the line.

The home side were not to be overrun and Brown in goal was to make a couple of good saves to ensure the half ended 0-0. Morpeth started the second half well and dominated the opening minutes. Hodge, in midfield, set Scott away and his cross was met by Smith, who fired wide following a last-ditch tackle.

Clapperton got the ball following a clash in midfield with Hodge and Robertson on the Heaton centre-half and freed Barry who outpaced the defence only to see his shot cannon off the post.

Heaton bounced back on the break and their centre-forward received a cross and was about to shoot when Thompson muscled him out and the referee awarded a penalty. The Heaton player stepped up and was fazed enough by Brown to pull his shot wide.

Morpeth took full advantage of this and again pressured Heaton. Riley put a good ball for Hodge into the box and he jinked past the defence and slotted home.

Heaton could see their chances of promotion slipping and came back strongly, but the Madrid defence were on top of their game and limited Heaton to a few goal-scoring chances.

The visitors wrapped up the game following a good interchange between Vendiletti and Smith to free Barry, who broke forward and hammered the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0 and send the away support into raptures. A great game for the neutral watcher and an excellent advert for junior football ended with disappointment for Heaton, who must now win at Bedlington.

Morpeth Madrid squad: Brown, Campbell, Gascoigne, Riley, Thompson, Robertson, Hodge, Scott, Clapperton, Smith, Barry, Vendiletti.