Lions roar off to a blistering start to season

Blyth Spartans U14s 1 Morpeth Lions U14s 10

THE new season saw a new-look Morpeth travelling to Blyth Spartans.

Spartans won the toss and elected to take advantage of the wind in the first half.

The game got off to a blistering start with Sam Campbell playing a superb through-ball to new signing Aiden Taylor who timed his run to perfection to beat the Spartans’ keeper.

It wasn’t long before Morpeth doubled their lead when Taylor latched on to Sam Huxter’s right-wing cross to hit an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

The Lions went 3-0 up midway through the first half when Ryan Milburn’s right wing corner was whipped in with his left foot, eluding everyone in the box to find the top left corner of the net.

The game seemed to be almost secure when David Thompson ran clear of the Spartan’s defence to pick up Joe Smith’s defence-splitting pass to rifle his shot hard and low into the bottom corner.

This goal sparked Blyth into action and they breached the Lions defence to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Early in the second half, Taylor picked up Jordan Thompson’s pass out of defence and found David Thompson at the back-post with an inch-perfect pass which Thompson dispatched for his second.

The Lions weren’t finished there, with David Thompson latching directly onto a Spartans goal-kick to beat two defenders before curling a right-foot shot into the roof of the net from just inside the box to complete his hat-trick.

Milburn was first to react to a rebound off the keeper to slide the ball into the empty net. The goal of the game followed when Ryan Hill made a good tackle at the edge of his box and dispatched a perfect curling pass down the right touch-line to Love, who let fly with a long-range effort which left the Blyth keeper with no chance.

David Thompson’s cross was caught by the wind to loop directly over the Spartan’s keeper for his fourth of the afternoon. The last word came from new signing Taylor who met Smith’s cross to side foot in at the far post to complete his hat-trick.