Town one step closer to Wembley

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MORPETH went through to the last 16 of the FA Vase for the first time in their history on Saturday with a 3-0 victory.

Having being drawn away four times in the previous rounds. Town had the benefit of home advantage against Westfields Hereford of the Midlands Alliance League.

Morpeth Town team line-up with mascots ahead of the FA Vase match against Westfields.

Morpeth Town team line-up with mascots ahead of the FA Vase match against Westfields.

After both sides created chances, the deadlock was broken in the 34th minute when Hiftle broke down the right and sent in a superb cross. Chilton met it perfectly with a looping header, which cleared the outstretched arms of Gwynne.

The Highway Men increased their advantage in the second half following good interplay between Henderson and Taylor.

The latter went clear on the right before putting in a tantalising cross for Chilton to head across goal and into the net.

This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Westfields and Morpeth piled on the pressure to make it 3-0 when the powerful Henderson broke into the box on the right before crossing to Chilton, who side-footed home for his hat trick.

After the match, which was played in front of a crowd of more than 400, Town manager Nicky Gray paid tribute to the tireless work that had gone on behind the scenes by the committee to make sure the game went ahead.

He also made special mention to Morpeth Sporting (the town’s junior football club) who came along in numbers to support the team. After the match, Morpeth Town handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Morpeth Sporting Club.

• The full match report will be in this week’s Herald.