Rusty Baptists start new year with defeat

St John’s Church, Snod’s Edge 5 Morpeth Baptist FC 2 North East Christian Fellowship Premier League

MORPETH started the new year with a rural trip to Snod’s Edge.

Having not kicked a ball for a month, the teams were expected to be a tad rusty and conditions were not ideal as the ball struggled to travel on the surface because of the extremely wet pitch.

Despite this affecting the visitors’ passing game, they started well, with both Carmicheal and Snowball finding space on the wings.

Carmicheal managed to take on the left-back and whip a stunning cross for the arriving and ever-present Chambers to plant the ball in the net.

Soon after, another ball in, this time from Bird, met a leaping Johnson who headed just wide.

The home side then started to battle and became very physical with the frustration of very little early possession, and it was the long ball over the top that brought about the equaliser.

Snod’s Edge were a strong threat in front of goal, with the impressive Clark constantly winning the ball deep in his own midfield and driving forward.

It was after several moves that he spotted Morpeth keeper Appleby off his line and attempted a cheeky lob.

It appeared to be going wide, but the keeper unsure of his own position palmed into his own net.

St John’s managed a third before half-time.

The Baptists gave away a silly foul early in the second half on the edge of their own 18-yard box.

The defence struggled to deal with the free-kick and the home side scored to open up a three-goal gap after 55 minutes.

Morpeth responded and pushed hard to get something from the game.

They started to link passes well on the left-hand side and man-of-the-match Brown linked up several times with Chambers.

It was a looping cross from Brown which met the diving head of Chambers for his and Morpeth’s second.

St John’s then scored a long-range effort in the dying minutes to make the final score 5-2.

Morpeth team: Appleby, Dewhirst, Cooper, Fletcher, Bird, Snowball (Davies), Johnson, Garbutt, Carmicheal, Chambers, Brown. Sub, not used: Curry.