Town snatch first victory with late strike

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North Shields 1 Morpeth Town 2 Northern League, Division Two

MORPETH left it late to pick up their first victory of the league season.

In the first attack of any note on a slick playing surface, Douglas broke down the left for North Shields and crossed to Hay, who was foiled by a fine diving save by Hogg in the Town goal.

After 10 minutes, Fry was fouled on the edge of the home penalty area. Anderson bent the free-kick round the wall and Beal in the Shields goal did well to palm the ball away.

With Hall, Dines and Fry controlling the midfield, the visitors had a dominant spell and McAlpine struck a firm shot just wide of the far post.

Dormand intercepted a stray North Shields pass and played the ball into the path of Anderson. His powerful drive was tipped over the bar by the impressive Beal.

Somehow, it was goalless at half-time, but Morpeth continued to dominate play and took a fully-deserved lead on 49 minutes when Dines sent a fine diving header into the far corner of the net.

In a rare home attack 14 minutes later, Robinson slid in at the far post and was adjudged to have fouled North Shields full-back JD Hall.

Hogg got a hand to Douglas’s penalty but could not prevent the equaliser.

Despite this setback, Town continued to be the more composed team and the winning goal that they richly deserved came two minutes from time.

Anderson rounded Beal and, though forced wide, slid the ball into the empty net from an acute angle to give the away side the three points.

This result built on the 1-1 draw a week last Wednesday away to Crook Town.

Morpeth were up against it when they went 1-0 down after ten minutes.

Barnes’ pass split the visiting defence and Hodgson ran onto the ball and calmly rolled it into the corner of the net.

However, they equalised from their first attack of any substance.

Dormand raced into the box and was bundled over by Wells, who could have no complaints about conceding a penalty.

Anderson stepped up and equalised with a firm shot into the bottom corner.

Morpeth gained confidence and the second half was an even contest with good chances being created by both teams. But neither side could add to their tally and the match finished all square.