Impressive start to the season continues

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After three excellent performances in a week, the Highway Men are still unbeaten in the league and are lying in a very healthy sixth position in the table.

A week last Wednesday, Morpeth travelled to title favourites Shildon. From the first whistle, the visitors took the game to their highly-fancied opponents. Employing two wing-backs in Shaun Henderson and Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match Marc Lancaster, Morpeth stretched the home defence from the outset.

Their reward came on 20 minutes when a hard, low cross by Lancaster was converted by the predatory Michael Chilton.

The Morpeth defence dealt well with the home forwards and only an exceptional display of goalkeeping by Graham prevented Stephen Forster, Sean Taylor and Chilton from increasing the Highway Men’s lead.

With time running out, Shildon committed more men forward. The away side held firm until the fifth minute of added time, when, with only 30 seconds remaining, Moore was able to force the ball home for the equaliser.

On Saturday, Morpeth were again on their travels, this time to early league leaders Marske United.

After conceding in the first ten minutes, Town showed their metal to push Marske all the way. Dominating possession in the second half, man-of-the-match Henderson provided the crucial cross into the box that was flicked on by Chilton into the path of Lancaster, who drove home from the edge of the box. Henderson was again the provider when his incisive through-ball was turned home by Chilton to make it 2-1.

Morpeth were then pegged back by an unstoppable shot from Johnson. But this was another excellent point won against a side that will be challenging for honours come the end of the season.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Highway Men returned to Craik Park and were comfortable 3-0 winners against Sunderland RCA.

The home fans were cheering on the half-hour when Taylor raced onto a Chilton through-ball to slip the ball past visiting keeper Carmichael.

Early in the second half, man-of-the-match Taylor turned provider when his cross was forced home by Chilton.

Centre-forward Chilton then completed the scoring with 20 minutes remaining when he slotted home a penalty.

Morpeth take on near-neighbours Bedlington Terriers in the league on Saturday. Kick-off at Craik Park is 3pm.

On Tuesday evening, they travel to South Tyneside to play Jarrow Roofing BCA.