Unbeaten run continues

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Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 2 Morpeth Town 2 STL Northern League Division Two

MORPETH increased their undefeated run to six games after coming from behind to get a point at Ryton & Crawcrook a week last Wednesday.

Despite kicking into a stiff wind, it was the visitors who took the game to their opponents.

The midfield trio of Grant, Keenan and Walmsley set out to keep the ball on the ground, hold their position and probe for an opening, while the defence restricted the hosts to long-range efforts.

Robinson – operating as a wing back on the left – started to open up the Albion defence and on 20 minutes he linked up with Keenan, whose diagonal ball into the box was played back across goal by Grant to the advancing Lunn and his first-time shot flashed narrowly wide of the near-post.

Five minutes later, Grant went on an attacking run and played in Andrews, who was denied a goal as Fish came off his line to bravely block his shot.

On the half-hour, disaster struck for Morpeth when a wind-assisted punt upfield by Fish eluded their defence. Kemp was first to react and he fired a first-time shot into the top left-hand corner of Mundy’s net to make it 1-0.

Continuing to play football into the strong wind, Town were again undone five minutes from the break when another wind assisted ball over the top fell to a Ryton & Crawcrook player.

Rowntree brought the ball under control and was able to force the ball past Mundy from ten yards (2-0).

With the strong wind at their backs, Morpeth came out after the break with fire in their bellies.

Their response was immediate as Anderson ran onto Grant’s defence-splitting pass, took a touch and dispatched the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to make it 2-1.

Town pressed for an equaliser and it came on the hour when fine midfield play by Keenan and Grant released Lunn on the right. He advanced into the box and rocketed the ball into the net (2-2).

In search of the winner, manager Nick Gray introduced fresh legs in the form of Wilson, Dormand and McAlpine. Morpeth laid siege to the home goal but the winner would not come as Fish denied the away side on more than one occasion.

Though disappointed not to gain all three points, this draw consolidated Town’s fifth position in the league.

They are only three points off a promotion place.

P Gillan & Sons man-of-the-match: Mark Grant.

Morpeth’s game at home to Easington Colliery on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch. They are away to Alnwick Town on Boxing Day, kick-off is 11am.