Thirds move up to second

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Morpeth III 4 Jesmond PC II 0 North East Hockey League, Club Development North

MORPETH men’s thirds hosted Jesmond Parish Church seconds in a match that had the potential to change the look of the league as just one point separated them.

The hosts had the goal of achieving second place in the league by the end of the day, although they were under no illusions about the difficulty of this fixture.

Morpeth had a bit of a shaky start, as a lack of communication and confusion led to a few attacks to the D from the away side, thankfully a bit of luck and some good defensive play dealt with these situations and denied the away side a goal.

Some excellent link-up between J Sanders, G Anderson and R Page in the middle of the pitch saw the ball going to the Jesmond end more often.

Scoring seemed ever elusive as multiple chances for Morpeth seemed to go wide, or were dealt with well by the away team and their keeper. But Morpeth did not give up and eventually J MacDonald managed to put one past the keeper at a tight angle just before half-time.

After the break, the home side took to the field with vigour in their step and offence on their mind. Some excellent play from all members of the team saw the ball stolen from Jesmond and worked up the pitch into the opposition 25, where it would remain for the majority of the half.

More chances were missed, but eventually the ball managed to work its way into the D and Sanders made it 2-0.

With some of the stress relieved, Morpeth were in the zone and had the opposition pinned in their own half. Excellent link-up play from the forwards saw S Gilmore feed the ball to MacDonald, who then scored the third goal of the match.

Morpeth were relentless. Five minutes before the end, Gilmore put the ball into the top of the net from a seemingly impossible angle to make the final score 4-0.