Morpeth Juniors win top-of-the-table clash

The Morpeth Sporting Club Juniors U11s squad with manager/coach Richard Kirby, team sponsor Sam Allan of Sam Allan Estates, manager Gary Herron and coach Michael Featherstone.
The Morpeth Sporting Club Juniors U11s squad with manager/coach Richard Kirby, team sponsor Sam Allan of Sam Allan Estates, manager Gary Herron and coach Michael Featherstone.

The Morpeth Sporting Club Juniors U11s side celebrated Saturday League title success this weekend after a great performance in a crunch top-of-the-table game.

Morpeth and Corbridge, the top two teams in the NEYDL Championship, faced each other in the season-ending finale on Saturday – with the winner taking the prize of league champions.

Going 0-1 down after 10 minutes to a flukey bounce did not help, but heads stayed up and the boys knew they would have the wind in the second half.

A cracking and tenacious first goal at the end of the first half by Dylan Gooding, standing in for normal starter Ollie Smith, started the comeback.

The icing on the cake performance-wise (to the great frustration of the opposition bench and front-line) was the solid back-line led by James Herron, with Ed Kirby and Danny Dowd – supported by midfielders Gus Singer and Ben Loknes when required.

Corbridge’s pacey number 17 and strong number nine, who ran the Morpeth side ragged in two previous encounters, were pretty much neutralised and keeper Sam Lowes had one of his best games of the season; some of his saves were superb.

The Corbridge defence was unable to cope with the pace and touch of Morpeth’s front-line in the second half and captain and man-of-the-match Gus scored a great goal.

James Allan netted twice to take his season tally to a nice, round 40 and the 4-1 scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. In fact, the Juniors could easily have scored more goals.

Mention also needs to be made of Doug Robson, who had a solid game in midfield, and Matt Preston, who came on for a great 10 minutes when Ben injured his knee.

And last but not least, thanks to subs Will Jobling and Tommy Andrews, who did not get on the pitch but enjoyed supporting the team on such a great day. Post-match saw the new league champions receive many positive comments from the Corbridge players, managers and parents.

A great season-ending barbecue took place on Saturday afternoon and as well as a lot of back-patting, the season’s awards were presented.

Morpeth are now looking forward to playing in the NEYDL Premiership in 2015/16.