Town’s ten take all the bounty

Gillford Park 1 Morpeth Town 2 Northern League, Division Two

FOR the second week running, Morpeth made the long trek over to Cumbria looking for another three points to continue their move up the table.

Manager Nick Gray introduced Henderson, Cartwright and Robinson to the starting line-up to replace Wilson, Hiftle and Patrick, who had picked up knocks in midweek.

The visitors took the game to the in-form Gillford Park from the off, with Grant, Keenan, Cartwright and the overlapping Henderson dominating the midfield and captain Walmsley causing problems down the left.

The home side were an organised outfit full of first division experience and they did well to keep the Morpeth forwards Anderson and Dormand at bay.

As the first half entered stoppage time, Walmsley broke into the box and the Park keeper did well to smother the ball. Both players tangled on the floor and the keeper appeared to make the most of the contact.

After the intervention of the assistant referee, both players received a caution and on 50 minutes Walmsley received a second yellow in the melee that occurred after he was crudely fouled.

But Town still went on the attack, employing three upfront and got their just reward when Cartwright forced home from close range.

With their man advantage, Gillford Park came into the game and Shiel scored at the far post to equalise.

They pressed for the lead but Mundy, Johnstone, Robinson and Hall held firm at the back as Morpeth weathered the storm.

The introduction of Andrews, Patrick and new signing Shanks gave the away side a second wind as they laid siege to the Gillford Park goal.

The winner came five minutes from the end. Shanks backheeled the ball into the path of Anderson, who smashed the ball into the net from 15 yards to give Morpeth a fully-deserved three points.