Tough start to new season for Town

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Morpeth Town completed their preparations for the new season with a tour of Scotland.

On Friday evening, goals from Jordan Fry and Michael Chilton gave The Highway Men a 2-1 victory over a Motherwell XI.

The following day, Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone provided the opposition. Despite a strike from Michael Hall that found the net, Town’s full time professional opponents ran out 3-1 winners.

This Saturday sees the opening of the new 2014/2015 Northern League season for Morpeth. First up is a home match at Craik Park against Newcastle Benfield, kick-off is 3pm.

The club is very optimistic for the new season as the team looks to build on the 2013/14 campaign, where the Highway Men reached the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg Vase – the furthest they had ever got in that competition – and consolidated their position in the first division of the Northern League.

A number of new signings have been brought into the squad by the management team of Nick Gray and Dave Malone. These include former Ashington players Karl Dryden (goalkeeper) and Matty Grieve (centre back), who joins from Celtic Nation, former Gateshead striker Dan Taggart and Damen Mullen, who has played for Morpeth in the past.

In addition, virtually all of last season’s squad have been retained and the battle for places in the starting XI is bound to be extremely competitive, as shown in the pre-season matches.

Town’s tough start to the season continues with a midweek derby match at home to Ashington on Wednesday with a 7.30pm kick off.

On Saturday, August 16 they take on Dunston UTS at Craik Park in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup (3pm kick off).

If Morpeth win that tie, they will play in the Preliminary Round on August 30 and the Northern League game away to West Auckland Town will be re-scheduled.