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Morpeth I 3 Stockton 2

MORPETH firsts bounced back from Saturday’s defeat at Newcastle University with a decent home victory against Stockton.

The home side started the game in a very attacking mindset, pushing the visitors deep into their own half and creating some decent chances early on.

After a couple of short corners and some near misses, Morpeth finally took the lead. A penalty flick awarded and very calmly converted by defender Stuart Fairbrother.

However, it was the away side who got themselves an equaliser.

Morpeth persisted and this gave them the upper hand going into half-time.

As the second half got underway, a slight change in tactic seemed to make all the difference.

Morpeth allowing Stockton the ball but denying any space resulted in numerous mistakes from the Stockton midfield. From this, Morpeth were able to break up the pitch and win themselves another succession of short corners.

They took the lead again when Brown fired a shot that rebounded off the keeper into the path of Mooney, who skilfully scooped it over the top and into the net.

The home side further increased their lead from the next short corner, Brown drilling a hard slap shot to the goalkeeper’s right, which ricocheted in to the side netting.

Stockton managed to grab a late goal to make it a tight finish, but Morpeth showed character and resilience and were able to hold on for the victory.