Confidence pays off for first team at home

Morpeth I 5 Wilton I 0

North East Hockey League, Premier Division

AFTER their opening game success, Morpeth men’s first team went into their first home game against a newly-promoted Wilton side full of confidence.

The men in green and gold started with intent, playing with fluidity and confidence throughout the team and making it very difficult for the visitors to get out of their own half and gain possession.

With great off-the ball movement in the midfield and also the forward three of Valentine, Brown and Danecki, chances were coming thick and fast and it seemed only a matter of time before they grabbed a goal.

Wilton stayed resolute, denying Morpeth some good chances early on, however the defences were finally broken when the hosts were awarded a short corner.

The ball was played out to debutant Carser at the top of the ‘D’, who in turn fired the ball home through the keeper’s legs.

This goal spurred on the home side and it was very much one way traffic from then, with the defensive pairing of Fairbrother and Dye cutting out any balls through the centre with ease.

A second goal soon followed when Danecki found the ball at his feet in the ‘D’ and converted past the oncoming keeper with confidence.

Dixon added a third on the stroke of half time and the game seemed all but over.

After a chat at half-time, Morpeth came out equally as focussed and they maintained their high levels of discipline. Some good build-up play by McPate and Carmichael led to a ball being slipped left to Brown, whose first time shot sailed through the keeper’s legs once again to make it 4-0.

Within minutes he added his second from a short corner – this time Carser playing the ball onto the right post and Brown diving in for the deflection.

Wilton were very limited with their chances, a couple of short corners which came to nothing and some half chances that were calmly negotiated away by the defence.