Six-shooters Town blast past Benfield

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Newcastle Benfield 1 Morpeth Town 6 Ebac Northern League, Division One

Morpeth Town travelled to Newcastle Benfield on Saturday in good heart following their excellent performance against second-placed North Shields in midweek.

Backed by a large, vociferous following, the Highway Men took the game to their opponents from the outset.

Twice in the opening 15 minutes, Sean Taylor was denied by the legs of the Benfield goalie.

The deserved opener came on 20 minutes when Daniel Taggart played in Taylor, who scored with an assured finish.

Seven minutes later, Taylor outpaced the home defence on the right and his cross was smashed into the roof of the net by the predatory Michael Chilton.

Chilton, twice, and Taylor went close to increasing The Highway Men’s lead, then, with 20 minutes to go, Morpeth scored twice in two minutes through Taggart and Jordan Fry.

On 75 minutes, Scorgie scrambled one back for Benfield but Town were not finished.

With 10 minutes to go, Taylor scored his second of the game when he cut through the home defence before unleashing a powerful shot into the back of the net.

Five minutes from time, Chilton completed the scoring to give The Highway Men an emphatic 6-1 victory.

Morpeth Town line-up: Dryden, Henderson, Novak, Sayer, Hall, Hiftle, Taylor, Graydon, (Buzzeo), Taggart, (Anderson), Chilton, Fry, (Grieve).Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Sean Taylor.

A week last Wednesday, Morpeth pushed North Shields all the way, only to be denied victory by a late equaliser.

In a goalless first half, Town’s industrious trio of midfield players Fry, Graydon and Sayers, ably assisted by overlapping full-backs Novak and Henderson, had the Robins on the back foot.

The deserved breakthrough came early in the second half when Fry burst into the visitors’ penalty area and was upended.

Captain Taylor stepped up to the plate and drilled home the spot-kick.

Morpeth pressed hard for a second goal, but it would just not come.

With only ten minutes remaining, North Shields were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out. After the ball had cannoned back into play off the crossbar, it was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area and McKeon gained possession for the away side.

His first-time shot flew through a bevy of bodies to evade Karl Dryden in the Morpeth goal to equalise.

Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: James Novak.

Next match – Ebac Northern League Division One: Morpeth Town v Marske United on Saturday, kick-off is 3pm.