Six wins on the bounce

Morpeth's McAlpine contests possession. Photo by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth's McAlpine contests possession. Photo by Keith Robertson.

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Morpeth Town 3 Whitehaven 0 STL Northern League Division Two

AFTER Wednesday night’s last-gasp victory over Easington Colliery, the Highwaymen took the field determined to make it six wins on the trot, writes David McMeekan.

On the attack from the first whistle, the opening half saw the hosts fail to make their domination count as Andrew Keenan headed wide, Mark Walmsley’s effort was cleared off the line and Steve Anderson fired against a post.

At the other end, Leigh Dunn then Malcolm Holliday shot wide and, after half-time, Steven Mundy stood tall and parried Dunn’s strike to safety.

It was all the Town keeper had to do, for otherwise, this was one-way traffic.

Anderson sprung Whitehaven’s offside trap but was blocked by Adam Telfer, Ashley McAlpine headed over, Anderson did likewise and Keenan fired wide.

Manager Nick Gray rang the changes 10 minutes into the second half, with the introduction of Connor Andrews and then Danny Young. By the hour, the points were in the bag with two quickfire goals.

On 55 minutes, Andrews latched onto Anderson’s flick to prise clear and score, Moments later, Andrews and Young combined to tee up Anderson for the second.

In the ascendancy, Keenan shot wide, McAlpine might have had a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Scott Pears and, later, Anderson was thwarted by Telfer.

Callum Morris, a rock at the back, clipped a pass forward to Anderson. He fed Young and Young held his nerve to squeeze the ball beyond Pettit to make it 3-0.

This victory makes it six wins in a row and five consecutive clean sheets. Morpeth are now second in the table, only three points behind long-time leaders Team Northumbria.

Morpeth Town: Mundy, Wilson (Henderson ), Morris, Hall, Walmsley, Keenan, Grant, Fry (Andrews) McAlpine, Anderson, Lunn (Young). P Gillan & Sons man-of-the-match: Mark Grant.

Next match: STL Northern League, Saturday, April 7, Morpeth Town v Northallerton Town.

Morpeth Town AFC are holding a Comedy Night on Saturday, July 14, with Mike Cash, The Ultimate Comedy Entertainer. Tables of 10 £120 or £15 a ticket. To book, contact Jim Dawson 07851184143 or email jim021260@hotmail.co.uk