Newcastle University IV 1 Morpeth II 3 Intermediate League One
MORPETH’S second team took to the pitch at Coach Lane full of confidence following an excellent post-Christmas run of form.
It was evident from the start that the visitors meant business and were not going to allow a young University team have all the fun.
A clear game plan was set by captain Malecki, who controlled the game solidly from the back. The strong defensive line absorbed any attacks from the hosts and Morpeth looked very dangerous when they pressed forward.
The stalemate was broken when some excellent play allowed Minty to calmly stroke the ball past the flailing keeper to make it 1-0 to the Longhirst-based side.
The first half continued in much in the same way, with keeper Jackson only being tested on a couple of occasions.
Morpeth piled on the pressure and they went further ahead with goals from Tordoff and Danecki.
The home side pulled one back before half time following a scrappy short corner.
The second half started much in the same way as the first, but it soon became evident that the University side had found their form and it was now the defence and midfield that would be put to the test.
Strong play from McLean, Malecki, James and Hinshaw cut out any threats, allowing the midfield of Sanders, James, Shafiq and Chambers to spread the play and regain control of the game.
A goalless second half resulted in another three points for Morpeth to keep them firmly in the promotion race.
• The first team had an afternoon to forget at home to Durham University IV.
They created a number of chances, forced some good saves and had a goal disallowed, but they ended up with a rare blank.
The visitors, on the other hand, took three of their opportunities to come away with the points.