Morpeth crumble in battle of the baptists

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Morpeth Baptist Church 1 Whitley Bay Baptist Church 4 North East Christian Fellowship Premier Division

MBC, unbeaten in their last two games, were playing their third successive home game in as many weeks.

They created a number of chances in the first-half. The best of these fell to Snowball who found himself in space in the box, one-on-one with the keeper, but dragged his effort just wide of the upright.

Whitley Bay responded to their early let-off and on the 25-minute mark, looped a cross into the home side’s box, which keeper Appleby seemed to catch cleanly.

As he hit the ground, though, the away team’s striker Kenney challenged for the ball and knocked it into the open net (0-1).

It looked as if the forward had kicked the ball from the keeper’s hands, but the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge and the away side were ahead.

Morpeth reacted to the setback well.

Midfielder Johnson drove into the box and went down under a strong challenge.

The home team appealed for a penalty but the referee again saw nothing wrong with the tackle.

The second-half was dominated by the home side but the final ball in the final third was lacking.

Whitley got their second when Moore was tracked into the box by defender Bird but a mix-up between defender and goalkeeper resulted in an easy finish for the away team’s midfielder (0-2).

Bird tried to undo the error by taking the ball into the opposition’s half and striking a speculative shot from 40 yards. The ball rattled the crossbar, much to the keeper’s surprise.

Soon after this near-miss right-back Elliott went down with an injury but play continued and, with Morpeth lacking numbers at the back, Whitley Bay substitute Allen found his way into the box and slotted in a cool finish for the away team’s third (0-3).

Frustrated Morpeth piled men forward and both of the Lavender brothers had chances, as did centre-forward Chambers, but it was a powerful Johnson who again drove into the box and again appeared to be fouled.

This time the referee agreed, awarding a spot-kick.

Johnson calmly slotted it in, scoring his third penalty of the campaign (1-3).

Whitley Bay, however, weren’t finished and immediately from the kick-off spotted Appleby off his line. Kenney struck a sweet ball from inside his own half to beat the scurrying, retreating goalkeeper (1-4).

Team: D Appleby, A Elliott (H Davies), S Bird, B Dewhirst, P Fletcher, L Tanney (R Garbutt), C Snowball (D Cooper), D Johnson, B Lavender, M Chambers, T Lavender. Sub not used: M Curry.