Morpeth edge a thriller

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Morpeth SC U17s 4 Tynemouth U17s 3

THIS was an exciting game, with very little between the teams for most of the match.

Morpeth produced one of their Jeckyll-and-Hyde performances but were able to keep Tynemouth at bay.

For the first few minutes, there was little to suggest that the first half would produce six goals and lots of goalmouth action.

Tynemouth started well enough but Morpeth were able to hold their own.

It was a slight surprise when the visitors went in front but this acted as a boost to Morpeth and they started to take control of the game at that point.

James Brown was involved in everything that was positive and he constantly caused panic in the Tynemouth defence.

However, he wasn’t involved in the first goal, which came from a quick through-pass to Craig Robertson, who kept a very cool head to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net.

Having fought their way back into the game, Morpeth then found themselves behind immediately.

Dan Carr made an excellent save to prevent a goal but the ball hit one of Morpeth’s defenders and it went into the net.

That was a little unlucky but Morpeth kept up their pace and commitment, which resulted in three quick goals.

Crosses from Brown and Marc Tully provided chances for Jack Travers (two) and Jonny Wilson, all of which were well taken.

The second half proved to be a different story.

Morpeth lost their rhythm and stopped passing the ball as well as they had done in the first half.

One brilliant pass from Wilson put Travers through on goal but the visitors’ keeper saved well.

Morpeth’s defence found themselves under more pressure but they did well to restrict chances.

Once again, Tom Larby had an excellent game at right-back and he, together with Carr, came to Morpeth’s rescue on a couple of occasions.

Tynemouth reduced the arrears with an excellent free-kick from outside the penalty area but Morpeth just held on for the win.

Team: Carr, Larby, Tordoff, Laux, Fawcett, Tully, Wilson, Biggs, Brown, Travers, Robertson, Rolt, Hunter, Nelson.