Town take big step towards promotion

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Washington 1 Morpeth Town 3 Ebac Northern League Division Two

MORPETH completed a hat-trick of victories on Monday night to move into the promotion places.

The visitors were quickly into their stride and on 15 minutes, Dines drove a shot towards goal from distance. The ball was deflected into the path of McAlpine, who took a touch and lifted it into the roof of the net.

Just before half time, the Highway Men moved into a dominant position with two goals in a minute. First, Chilton charged down a kick from the home keeper and forced the ball home.

From the kick off, Town regained possession and a long through-ball from Dines found Mullen in space and he lobbed the keeper to make it 3-0.

With a strong wind at their backs, Washington exerted some pressure in the second half and with 15 minutes remaining Patterson pulled one back with a 35-yard pile driver, but it was too little too late.

On Saturday, Morpeth and Tow Law both played their part in an entertaining game. The winning goal for the Highway Men came late in the second half.

Substitute Andrews stretched the Tow Law defence with his pace and his throughball found McAlpine on the edge of the penalty area. His deft slide rule pass was converted by Chilton.

Although Anderson and Fry were then denied by the frame of the goal, the defence stayed strong to keep what could turn out to be a vital clean sheet.

Town greatly boosted their goal difference last Wednesday with a 5-1 victory away to Esh Winning. Their goalscorers were Chilton, Fry, Anderson, Dunn and Benjamin.

With Jarrow Roofing dropping points at Alnwick Town on Monday, the Highway Men are now in the final promotion place in the table (third) with only three games remaining.

The visitors to Craik Park on Saturday are Northallerton Town, who are also still in contention for promotion. Kick-off is 3pm.

Morpeth Sporting Club will again be the guests of Morpeth Town on Saturday and Techflow Qatar will again be sponsoring the half time penalty shoot-out competition.