Third time unlucky for Morpeth Baptists

Morpeth Baptist Church 1 Stockton Churches, Portrack 2 (aet, 1-1 at end of normal time)

NECFL Cup

FOR the third time in four weeks, Morpeth Baptist Church met Stockton Portrack, this time in the League Cup.

After being only narrowly defeated in the previous encounters, Morpeth knew they were in with a chance back on home soil.

The first half began with Lee Twizell dictating the play for Stockton but some great sliding tackles from captain Brown kept the visitors at bay.

Morpeth broke the deadlock from a set-piece, when Lavender’s inviting corner was turned in at the near-post by Richardson for his first goal for the club.

The second half started badly for the home side when a misplaced pass in midfield was picked up by the Stockton forward, who after riding a couple of challenges beat Cooper with a cool finish into the bottom corner.

The game, poised at 1-1, was almost settled in normal time, when a delicious through-ball from Carmichael found Chambers with only the on-rushing keeper to beat. But his cheeky chip was brilliantly forced over the bar to take the game to extra-time.

With the wind playing havoc, a high corner floated dangerously into the Morpeth Baptist Church penalty area and a Stockton player got a vital touch to carry it into the net.

Morpeth kept battling and with seconds remaining thought they had found a deserved equaliser when a beautiful curling effort from Johnson was heading into the top right corner, only to be denied by an equally exceptional save.

It ended 2-1, another disappointing result for Morpeth. But a gutsy performance means they can hold their heads high as they turn their attentions back to the league.

Team: D Cooper, M Richardson, T Brown (c), B Dewhirst, H Davies, A Carmichael, D Johnson, R Garbutt (T Quincey), B Lavender, M Chambers, L Tanney (C Snowball).