Hot goal leads to downfall

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Stranraer 3 Morpeth Town 2

A HOTLY-disputed goal midway through the second half condemned Morpeth to defeat at Stair Park on Saturday.

The visitors had taken the lead early in the first half before going in at the break 2-1 down.

But they levelled things after the hour mark before trialist Max Wright slid home.

Morpeth defenders appealed for offside but the linesman would not be swayed.

Visiting boss Nick Gray laughed when he said: “No comment.

“At the end of the day, it is a pre-season friendly so we will let them off with that.

“I was more disappointed when the ball came out we did not close it down.”

The visitors had opened the scoring through Michael Chilton after just four minutes.

Home goalkeeper David Mitchell had failed to hold on to a routine cross before the striker rolled the ball into the empty net.

That sparked the home side into life though and Michael Moore should have scored on the quarter hour mark. Instead, he tried to square the ball to his strike partner Craig Malcolm and Jak Wells smothered the shot.

The three men would be involved in the equaliser as well. Malcolm’s shot from the edge of the box proved too hot to handle for the goalkeeper and Moore was waiting to sweep the ball home on 24 minutes.

Stranraer took the lead just before the break after Sean Winter swept home from inside the box after good play from winger Robert Love.

But Morpeth came out firing in the second half and Chilton and Christopher Lunn came close along with substitute Reece Darwin.

It was Chilton who would find the leveller though as he bulleted a header past Mitchell with 22 minutes to go.

Then came the game-changing goal when Wright diverted Winter’s mis-hit shot home from close range.

Gray was happy with his team’s performance though and said: “Friendlies are not about getting results really.

“They are about fitness and I think we’ve come off today with everyone putting a lot of effort in.

“We’ve had three friendlies and that by far is our best, most satisfactory, performance.”