Town fails to capitalise

Washington 1 Morpeth Town 0 Northern League Division Two

MORPETH were made to rue missed chances in the opening game of the league season.

Manager Nick Gray included recent signings Marc Walmsley and Eddie Dines in his 16-man squad and it was the visitors who were the first to show as an attacking force.

Andrews broke down the left and played in Dormand, whose shot from the edge of the box flashed just wide of the near post.

In Washington’s first attack of any substance, after good link-up play on the left, they forced a corner. Centre-forward Johnson directed a powerful header towards the far post, where Keenan cleared off the line.

With the away side in the ascendancy, Dormand flicked on a quick free-kick and Andrews’ header narrowly cleared the bar.

More chances came and went for both sides, including when a good Morpeth move fed McAlpine and his shot at goal was diverted wide by a last-ditch challenge by Patterson. It was goalless at half-time.

On 55 minutes, in a rare Washington attack, they won a throw-in on the right. Latimer rose and connected with the long throw to divert the ball past Hogg to open the scoring.

Morpeth pressed for an equaliser and Hall headed just over the bar from an Anderson cross and then Anderson narrowly failed to connect with a Dines cross that flashed across the six-yard box.

With the match entering stoppage time, Hall’s shot was charged down at the far post.

The last chance of the game again fell to Hall, whose powerful header from a McAlpine cross agonisingly cleared the bar.