Morpeth Town 2 Seaham Red Star 0 STL Northern League Division Two
FULL of confidence after their excellent 2-1 victory over promotion rivals North Shields in midweek, Town took the field determined to secure a top-three position.
Committed to attack, only excellent goalkeeping from Graham prevented Morpeth going in at half-time with a comfortable lead. He denied Lunn on three occasions and made smart stops from Anderson and Howes.
With Grant and Keenan dominating possession in midfield, constantly probing for an opening, and the resolute defence of Walmsley, Wilson, Hiftle and recent signing Morris comfortably negating the visitors’ attacking options, the home side looked in control of the game.
But there was danger just before half-time when Seaham’s McKeown latched onto a short back-pass and advanced into the home box. Thankfully, keeper Mundy was alert and he raced from his line to make the save.
Seven minutes into the second half, the Highwaymen broke the deadlock.
Grant and Anderson passed their way through the middle of the Seaham midfield and Anderson’s accurate through-ball found the advancing McAlpine, who calmly rolled the ball wide of the despairing dive of Graham to make it 1-0.
Thee minutes later, Anderson evaded two challenges and played the ball forward to Howes, who on the edge of the away side’s box took a touch before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the Seaham net via the underside of the crossbar.
The final half-hour saw Morpeth play out the game in the Seaham half.
With three minutes remaining, a robust challenge by Wilson was deemed a red-card offence and he was joined in the dressing room by McManus, who overreacted to the challenge, as both sides ended the game with 10 men. This was another impressive performance by Nick Gray’s young side, ably coached by his assistant Jon McDonald, making it 12 home wins in a row. Morpeth are now up to third in the table.
Team: Mundy, Wilson, Walmsley, Grant, Morris, Hiftle, Keenan (Cartwright), Howes (Young), Lunn, Anderson (Dormand), McAlpine. P Gillan & Sons man-of-the-match: Mark Grant.
Next matches at Craik Park are as follows: Wednesday, March 14 – STL Northern League, Morpeth Town v Easington Colliery; Saturday, March 17 – STL Northern League, Morpeth Town v Whitehaven.