Wallsend Community U12s 4 Morpeth Lions U12s 4
THE Lions travelled to Wallsend for the return fixture after their narrow defeat to the league leaders last Sunday.
The game was going to be tough for both sides as the temperature climbed into the low teens for the first time this year.
Morpeth started brightly and had Wallsend on the back foot for long periods, the pressure eventually telling when Brown fed McCarthy, whose low cross was steered past the Wallsend keeper by the on-rushing Nicholson.
The lads however could not hold onto the lead and soon found themselves level after a quick break away left Magneron no chance in the Lions goal.
This goal gave Wallsend the impetus and they soon found themselves ahead when their centre-back headed in from a right-wing corner.
Wallsend were threatening to run away with the game and Magneron had to be at his best to tip around the post a vicious strike from the Wallsend forward.
The home team looked as though they would take their advantage into the break when Walker took a pass out of defence from Campbell and played a perfect ball into Nicholson who rounded the keeper, but just as he was about to slot home into the empty net the Wallsend right-back managed to get a tackle in to clear the ball.
Milburn was not going to give up, however, and just managed to keep the ball in play for Young to cross for Nicholson who volleyed into the roof of the net.
The half-time whistle came as a welcome relief for both sides as the heat started to take its toll.
The Lions started the second half brightly with Hill picking up the ball in the centre of the pitch to play a perfectly-weighted pass to Thompson (D), whose goal-bound shot was deliberately handled on the line by the Wallsend defender.
The resulting penalty was duly dispatched by Nicholson into the roof of the net to secure his well-earned hat-trick.
The Lions were now well on top and Thompson (J) and Smith combined to carve out another great chance for Thompson (D), who was brought down in the box as he burst through to score.
Once again, Nicholson stepped up to tuck the penalty away for his fourth goal of the game.
Bowden then went close to extending the Lions’ lead from a great free-kick which was well saved by the Wallsend goalkeeper.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Wallsend showed why they are currently top of the table with two well-taken late goals to finish the game level at four-all. The Lions can be very proud of their best performance of the season in difficult conditions.