Lions grab bunch of five

Morpeth Lions U13s 5 Newbiggin JR by the Sea 3

AFTER the long summer break, the Lions had a tough start to the season with a home game against Newbiggin JR by the Sea.

The Lions started the game sluggishly in the heat but soon started to recover some of their rhythm from last season with the central midfield pairing of Smith and Bowden starting to dictate the pace of the game.

It wasn’t long before the Lions fashioned the breakthrough when Jordan Thompson picked up the ball from Magneron and released new signing McLean down the right.

McLean turned inside the left-back and unleashed a vicious right-foot shot which was well saved by the Newbiggin keeper. McLean was first to react to the rebound and side-footed into an open net.

The Lions’ bad habits from last season were to raise their heads again as the Lads found themselves level almost immediately after taking the lead, a situation which was to become worse when Newbiggin took the lead with approximately five minutes of the first half remaining.

The Lads, however, were desperate not to go into half-time behind and Huxter and Brown combined well to win a corner on the right which Nicholson whipped in for David Thompson to send a bullet header into the back of the net to make it two a piece at the break.

The second half had just got under way when the Lions took the lead with Nicholson racing onto a through pass from Sheerin to round the Newbiggin keeper and slot home into an empty net.

The Lions were playing well now with glimpses of their slick passing style starting to resurface with Smith, Hill and Young all combining well to release David Thompson, whose crisp shot from the edge of the box left the Newbiggin keeper with no chance as the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

The Lions seemed to be in control of the game but another lapse in concentration at the back allowed the away team to pull a goal back.

Newbiggin started to pile on the pressure looking for the equaliser but the Lions held firm and eventually killed off the game when Smith met Nicholson’s corner from the right to volley into the roof of the net to secure all three points for the Lads.