Morpeth Town 2 Whitehaven 0 FA Carlsberg Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
A GOOD team performance enabled Morpeth to make further progress in the FA Vase on Saturday.
Lying fourth in the table one place above Town, Whitehaven were expected to be stern opponents.
The free-scoring Cumbrians have already scored 22 goals in the league so far this season, but they were unable to find a way through the home defence expertly marshalled by Hiftle and Tumilty. Limited to shooting from distance, the Whitehaven forwards had no answer to the impressive handling of Mundy in the Morpeth goal.
The home side’s midfield of Grant, Keenan, Fry and Hall proved too strong for the visitors.
On 20 minutes, after an interchange of play between Hall and Grant, the ball was played through to Fry, whose composed finish gave the Highwaymen the lead.
Town began to dominate the play and only the agility of Miller in the Whitehaven goal prevented them from increasing their lead.
However, in the second half, after being denied a goal by three fine saves, Chilton finally got his reward for a fine display when he headed home on 75 minutes to make it 2-0.
The result of the tie was never in doubt after that goal and by controlling possession in midfield, the Highwaymen played out time to secure a well-deserved victory.
They will play Guisborough Town at Craik Park in the First Round proper on Saturday, October 13.
Rusty’s Travel (Taxi) Man-of-the-Match: Mark Grant.
Morpeth Town 1 Esh Winning 0
Ebac Northern League Division Two
MORPETH extended their unbeaten league start to the season with a hard-fought home victory.
In the opening exchanges, the visitors dominated possession in midfield but lacked the final killer ball to threaten Mundy in the home goal. Their only clear-cut chance came on 25 minutes when the alert Kokes evaded the offside trap to round Mundy and shoot at goal. He was denied by an exceptional goal-line clearance by the back tracking Henderson.
Subdued as an attacking threat until this point, Grant and Fry started to see more of the ball and they brought Anderson and Chilton into the game.
On 35 minutes, Esh Winning keeper Young at full stretch turned away a powerful Chilton drive.
As the half came to a close a reckless challenge in the box gave the Highway Men a penalty but the chance was spurned as Chilton’s powerfully-hit shot crashed back into play via the crossbar.
The second half saw the introduction of Cartwright and Keenan and their presence in midfield was to prove pivotal. Cartwright released the hard-running Anderson on the right, he muscled his way through the Esh defence and from the by-line cut the ball back to Keenan, who drove home from 20 yards.
Deflated by this set back, Esh Winning were now firmly on the back foot as in the final quarter only desperate defending and exceptional goalkeeping by Young prevented Morpeth from increasing their lead.
Rusty’s Travel (Taxi) Man-of-the-Match: Steven Anderson.
Morpeth play Whickham at home in the league on Saturday, kick-off is 3pm.