New striker sets sights on the league title with Highwaymen

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FA Vase winners Morpeth Town have signed a new striker, and he believes he can help fire the Highwaymen to the league title next season following their Wembley success in May.

Liam Henderson has joined the Craik Park outfit from Spennymoor Town, where he scored 18 goals in 48 appearances last season.

The 26-year- old had nothing but great things to say about personnel at his old club, but said joining Morpeth was the ‘right decision’ to make.

“It’s a club on the up, “ he said. “They have just had a great victory at Wembley. They were underdogs (against Hereford) but 4-1 doesn’t reflect that.

“I am happy to have signed, and hopefully we can kick on next season and hopefully go for the league.”

Henderson who followed Morpeth during the FA Vase run, made 153 appearances for Spennymoor, scoring 84 goals.

Lasy season he helped them win promotion to the Evo Stick Northern Premier Division and he admitted it was a hard decision to leave.

“But it was one of those decisions that I had to make, and it felt like it was the right decision to make,” he said.

The former Watford man says he has been brought into the side to score goals, and that is his aim.

“Morpeth play a passing game, and I believe that the players they are bringing in, and theplayers that are already within the team, will create chances for me, and hopefully I will bethere to put them in.”

Henderson says he has already been made ‘welcome’ by chairman Ken Beattie and manager Nick Gray

“I like the pitch, I know the chairman has spent a lot of money on it and playing on that every week is only going to help.”

Henderson will be looking to make his first league appearance for the Highwaymen as they are set to take on Jarrow Roofing in the opening game of the season on August 9.

This is just three days after the first round of the FA Cup, the draw for which has still to be made, and which will be played on Saturday, August 6.

A trip to Sam Smith’s Park to face Newcastle Benfield for the first Saturday league game of the season will take place four days later before a difficult home double header.

The Highwaymen welcome Consett to Craik Park for the first home game of the season on Wednesday, August 17, while they welcome the reigning league champions Shildon the following weekend.

After their FA Vase triumph Morpeth, who will parade the trophy through the town this Sunday on Fair Day, will be looking to build on that and go for the league title, which they missed out on by 19 points due to a severe backlog of games in the final three months of last season.