Highway Men eye Cup

Morpeth Town 1 Thornaby 1 STL Northern League Division Two

ON a wet, blustery afternoon, The Highway Men took the field guaranteed of a fourth-place finish that gives the club direct entry into next season’s FA Cup, writes David McMeekan.

Morpeth started slowly and were caught cold on 15 minutes when Mitchell sprang the offside trap to force the ball past Mundy at the second attempt to give Thornaby the lead.

This was to prove the only meaningful attack by Thornaby as Morpeth spent the remainder of the game laying siege to the Teessider’s goal. On another day The Highway Men could have hit double figures.

Briggs in the Thornaby goal dived to his left to save Anderson’s penalty. Dormand, McAlpine, Anderson and Young all hit the woodwork.

Morpeth’s only goal came courtesy of a deft header by Dormand on the hour. Under constant pressure Thornaby survived another shout for a penalty when Hall was incapacitated by a kick to the head as he directed his header across goal. His reward, an indirect free-kick for high feet.

Thornaby held out for a very fortuitous point as Morpeth brought the curtain down on what has been an eventful season.

Recovering from a slow start where they only garnered two points from the first four games, an excellent post Christmas run saw the Highway Men gain 31 points from a possible 36 as they pushed the promoted clubs Team Northumbria, Hebburn Town and Gillford Park all the way.

Preparations are already underway for next season which will see Morpeth make another determined push for promotion back to Division One of the Northern League.

Morpeth Town: Mundy, Henderson, Wilson (Mcalpine), Grant, Morris, Hall, Cartwright, Anderson, Dormand, Andrews (Keenan), Young (Howes).

P Gillan & Sons man-of-the-match: Michael Hall.

Morpeth Town AFC are holding a Comedy Night at Craik Park on Saturday, July 14, with Mike Cash the Ultimate Comedy Entertainer. Tables of 10 are £120 or individual tickets £15. To book, contact Jim Dawson on 078511 87143 or email jim021260@hotmail.co.uk