Town hampered by early red card

Action from Morpeth Town's match against Shildon on Saturday. Photo by JANE COLTMAN.

Action from Morpeth Town's match against Shildon on Saturday. Photo by JANE COLTMAN.

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Morpeth Town 0 Shildon 4 Northern League, Division One

MORPETH battled hard after having a man sent off early on, but they were ultimately defeated by high-flying Shildon.

The straight red card was given to Anderson after 18 minutes following an incident with an opposition player.

The Highway Men held out until half time, with Mundy making some excellent saves.

But he was beaten in the first minute of the second half when Wood scored from a free kick outside the penalty area.

The visitors began to make the extra man count and almost immediately, Connor doubled his side’s lead with a deft chip.

Morpeth were still in with a slight chance of a point until Shildon scored twice in the last five minutes.

Garvie slotted home well and in the final minute, Hudson converted a penalty to send the South Durham side top of the table.

Morpeth team: Mundy, Henderson, Walmsley (Robinson), Grant, Hall, Jewels, Keenan, Bell, Anderson, Chilton (Foster), Taylor. techflow Group man-of-the-match: Steven Mundy.

• Last midweek, the Highway Men lost 4-1 at home to Spennymoor Town – another team that will be challenging for the title.

The away side took the lead after 15 minutes. Henderson was played in and after a fine save by Mundy, he scored at the second attempt.

It was 2-0 to Spennymoor 10 minutes later when Henderson netted his second from close range. Taylor then made it three when he scored from the edge of the box.

Palmer pulled one back for Morpeth just before half time with a good strike, but the visitors sealed the three points on 80 minutes with a goal from Kerr.