Wallington 1 Morpeth Sporting Club 0 Northumberland FA Minor Cup, Round Four
ONE goal was enough on Saturday as Wallington secured their place in the last eight of the Minor Cup.
In their first game in exactly 50 days, The Greens showed no rustiness as they out-passed and out-thought a resilient Morpeth side for the majority of proceedings.
Despite this being his first game since August, Jordan Nellis looked sharp from the start and he, along with Dan Thompson, showed glimpses of the formidable partnership they could form.
On a number of occasions in either half, their intricate interplay left the Morpeth defenders flailing, with only a lack of composure/match fitness and the dug-up pitch preventing them from adding to their season’s tally. Nellis had the best chance of the first half – his low shot was tipped onto the post by the visitors’ impressive goalkeeper.
Nathan Williamson and Chris Moffitt were guarding the midfield and played a pivotal role in extinguishing any Morpeth counter-attacks before they could escalate.
The decisive moment came on the hour-mark. Williamson found Thompson and, with one touch, the striker opened up his body and threaded a perfectly-weighted ball into the path of the gallivanting Kyle Reardon. The full-back then drilled it across the six-yard box, out of reach of all in a yellow shirt, for Nellis to convert at the back-post.
Wallington could have made things easier, but failed to get a second on the counter-attack. However, the defence held firm and goalkeeper Chris Straker was always on hand to either clear or gather the ball and avert the danger.
Match sponsor: The Dyke Neuk.