Rain-lashed Pont smashed

Jordan Fry gets stuck in for Morpeth Town. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Jordan Fry gets stuck in for Morpeth Town. Picture by Keith Robertson.
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Morpeth Town 6 Ponteland United 0

MORPETH completed their pre-season preparations at a rain-lashed Craik Park on Saturday when they played Northern Alliance Premier Division champions Ponteland United.

They took the lead on three minutes when Hall broke down the left, cut inside and laid the ball off to Dormand.

He scored with a composed finish, guiding the ball over the Ponteland keeper into the top corner of the net.

The home side continued to dominate possession and on 15 minutes Keenan drove down the left, cut inside the full-back and fired home from 12 yards to make it 2-0.

Morpeth extended their lead five minutes from half-time when Dormand won the ball on half-way and his defence-splitting pass played in Andrews, who slotted the ball under the keeper from the edge of the box.

A minute later Hall linked up with Dormand. He strode down the left and hit an unstoppable shot to score his second goal.

Straight from the kick-off, Morpeth regained possession.

Dormand and Hall exchanged passes on the edge of the box, then Dormand went round the right-back and rolled the ball across the six-yard box into the path of McAlpine, who slid the ball under the keeper to make the half-time score 5-0 to the hosts.

The second-half commenced in a downpour.

On a slick surface, Fry won the ball in his own half and carried the ball forward into the Ponteland half.

Andrews latched onto his precise pass to score Morpeth’s sixth goal.

On 60 minutes, a further cloudburst rendered the pitch unplayable and the referee abandoned the game.

The hard work put in by Nick Gray’s young squad in pre-season and this performance bodes well for the first league game of the season at Washington on Saturday.

• The away fixture against North Shields has now been brought forward to Friday, August 26, kick-off 7.30pm.

Morpeth’s first home game of the season will be the local derby with Alnwick Town on Monday, August 29.

It will kick off at noon.