Honours even after last-gasp equaliser

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Thornaby 3 Morpeth Town 3 Ebac Northern League Division Two

A LAST-GASP equaliser from Steven Anderson capped an excellent second-half performance from Morpeth Town on Saturday.

The Highway Men travelled to Teesside full of confidence, looking to extend their 10 game unbeaten start to the season.

On a perfect playing surface, Morpeth were soon into their stride, stretching the home defence down both flanks.

The opening goal came on 10 minutes.

Anderson burst into the penalty area and was impeded by a rash challenge.

Referee Green had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Chilton stepped up and dispatched the penalty.

Five minutes latter Chilton pulled up and had to be replaced up front by Lunn.

Despite this change, the visitors continued to dominate but could not capitalise on the many chances that fell their way.

Impotent in attack until the 35th minute, Thornaby scored with their first meaningful attack.

The ball was crossed into the box and fell to Mitchell at the far post who took a touch and guided the ball past Thompson who was making his debut in the Morpeth goal.

Morpeth received a further setback a minute later when Fry went down after a heavy challenge and had to be replaced by McAlpine.

As the half entered stoppage time, centre-back Hall was injured.

While he was off the park, Andrews fired in from distance to give Thornaby the lead.

From the restart and still down to 10 men, the Highway Men conceded a free kick on the right and were undone by a slick dead ball routine as Andrews forced the ball home from close range to make it 3-1.

Determined to get back into the game manager Gray reverted to three at the back when he replaced the injured Hall with Scott, a striker signed on loan from Team Northumbria.

From the restart, Morpeth took the game to their opponents and were rewarded on 50 minutes when Anderson curled a 25-yard free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the net.

With time running out, Lunn took the ball round his man and as he was about to shoot he had his ankles clipped.

Referee Green awarded a penalty and Anderson scored with ease to give the Highway Men a fully-deserved point.

Morpeth Town: Thompson, Henderson, Walmsley, Grant, Hiftle, Hall (Scott), Dines, Fry (McAlpine), Anderson, Chilton (Lunn), Dunn.

Rusty’s Taxis man-of-the-match: Steven Anderson.