Last gasp victory

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Morpeth Town 5 Birtley Town 4 Northern League, Division Two

MORPETH finished their season in style with a thrilling home victory on Tuesday night.

They were 4-2 down but scored three times in the last eight minutes to record their fourth league win.

Both sides took a positive approach and Andrew McIntosh scored a hat-trick for Birtley, with Grant Soulsby getting their other goal.

But the home side were not to be denied and gave their fans something to smile about thanks to strikes from Alex Lawson (2), Stephen Mills, Cameron Patrick and Connor Andrews.

It was a different story on Saturday, when Morpeth lost their final away match of the season at Northallerton Town 9-0.

With key players missing, the visitors already had an uphill task and it was soon to get harder when the hosts went 2-0 up after 12 minutes. Martin Butterworth and Darren Mowbray found the net.

Butterworth’s deflected shot made it 3-0 and Mowbray added his second just before half time.

Straight from kick off, a good move led to Mowbray completing his hat-trick and on 49 minutes, the referee allowed a good advantage that allowed Peter Bulmer to fire home from the edge of the box to make it 6-0.

Morpeth pushed forward in search of a consolation goal but found keeper Hickman in great form as he made a couple of excellent saves.

Mowbray scored his fourth on 65 minutes, then Aaron Ramsbottom produced two smart finishes to make it 9-0.

These results meant Morpeth finished on 15 points, with three draws adding to the four wins. In the end they closed the gap to second bottom Brandon United to eight points.

Some encouragement for next season can come from the fact that Town picked up 13 of their points in their final 12 fixtures.