Comfortable victory for Morpeth men

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Hild Bede I 0 Morpeth I 4 North East Hockey League, Premier Division

FOLLOWING a hard-earned point against the league leaders, Morpeth men’s firsts travelled down to Durham and put in a very good team performance to come away with the three points.

With a depleted squad, the visitors knew it would be a challenge, but as the game got under way the resilient players showed that they were more than up for it.

Within the first 10 minutes, it was very clear they were looking to make a positive mark on the game. Morpeth passed the ball around with a certain level of composure and knew they would have to be clinical when chances came their way.

The midfield trio of Carmichael, Brown and Breakey looked to advance up the pitch and provide the forward line with opportunities. It was not long before Bede’s defences were breached when a clever ball from Foster found Danecki, who fired a ball across goal to Dixon and his great positioning gave him the easiest of tap-ins and the Peth a 1-0 lead.

Morpeth’s positive start had the hosts on the back-foot and moments later a well-worked attack down the right-hand side of the pitch provided McPate with the chance to thread the ball through to Foster, whose early ball found the free man Dixon. Once again, he slotted home to make it 2-0.

Bede tried to gather momentum and create chances of their own, but the focused and well-organised defensive line of Dye, Holmes, Fairbrother and Shafiq were able to stop such attempts and keep the momentum going in Morpeth’s favour.

As a result, the men in green and gold were able to pressure the opposition’s defence once again and it allowed skipper Brown to collect the ball in their half before making a run into the D and firing through the keeper’s legs to give his side a three-goal cushion. Just on the stroke of half-time, Morpeth won a short corner, which Danecki was able to convert to give the visitors an unassailable 4-0 advantage.

The second half proved to be much less eventful. Although Morpeth continued with the same intensity and drive, they were unable to extend their lead due to some near misses and unlucky decisions. Notable efforts came from man-of-the match Breakey and also Foster, who came very close to scoring on his first-team return.

Although they had a comfortable lead, it was important for Morpeth not to concede. The defence continued to be too strong for a tiring Bede side that gradually ran out of ideas and gave goalkeeper Jackson a very quiet afternoon.