Revival gives hope

Morpeth's Mooney under pressure. Photograph by Keith Robertson.
Morpeth's Mooney under pressure. Photograph by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth I 2 Newcastle University III 0 North East Hockey League, Premier Division

A GREAT win made Morpeth’s recent points haul a fantastic 12 points from a possible 18 and it gave their survival hopes a great boost.

Possession and patience were the key and Morpeth were passing the ball around well.

The final pass was perhaps being forced a little too much in the final third of the pitch but the home side pressed on and did not let frustration set into their play.

Although Morpeth had the better chances in the first half, keeper Steve Jackson was required to make some great saves.

In the second half, the Green and Gold pulled out two goals from the training ground.

The crucial moment came when the ball was played up the left-flank for young starlet Will Mooney to drive past a couple of lunging tackles and find Ritchie Brown in the D.

As the Newcastle defence swooped on Brown, he managed to fire the ball at the back-post for the flying Dixon, who made sure that there were no feet and definitely 100 per cent stick behind the ball to score.

The superb defence held firm and the win was sealed when Malecki fed a great through-ball to Valentine on the right side. He sped up the wing and found Brown, whose first attempt at goal was parried back to him and his second effort found man-of-the-match Mooney at the back post to make it 2-0.

Morpeth men’s second team maintained their promotion push with a 4-0 victory at home to Marton Furness IV.

The vital breakthrough came after a prolonged period of possession. Chambers’ shot saw another save from the keeper, but this time Foster was on hand to bury the rebound.

In the second period Morpeth soon doubled their lead – Craggs fed in Chambers, whose cut-back was volleyed home by Foster.

The third and fourth goals were scored by Chambers and Thomlinson (who notched his 100th goal for the club).

The men’s third team battled hard but ultimately lost 8-0 away to Marton Furness III.