Morpeth Ladies I 10 Crewe Vagrants I 1
MORPETH stormed to the top of the table in impressive style on Saturday.
Eleven goals are a lot to pack into a short article so this is a summary of the action that left Crewe breathless.
The visitors had barely straightened their shirts from their long drive before Morpeth were ahead. A penalty-corner was quickly won and, after a couple of ricochets, Smith sneaked in to tap home from close range.
Hagan surged down the left, rode a couple of tackles and found Bell at the edge of the circle who smashed it home (2-0).
The third also came from Bell with a straight corner. And all of a sudden, she had completed her hat-trick (3-0).
Following good work down the right, the keeper could only parry Bowler’s shot, which fell invitingly into Bell’s path. She made no mistake and the beers were on her (4-0).
The fifth one came from Hagan who carried the ball from deep on the left-wing across to an angle on the right that looked too tight but she fooled everyone by lashing the shot past the keeper into the far corner (5-0).
Captain Bowler then got in on the scoring act, again benefiting from a bit of a melee in front of goal from another short-corner (6-0).
Rather against the run of play, Crewe then scored, although quite how, the home team have yet to fathom (6-1).
Half-time arrived and gave those manning the scoresheet a well-earned break.
O’Mahony continued her great form into the second half and was unlucky to see her fierce, rising shot come off the keeper’s chest pad. It fell invitingly at the feet of Corbett who stroked it home (7-1).
In almost a rerun of the move, O’Mahony saw another shot saved, this time from the right, with Pollock the lucky beneficiary of the rebound, forcing the ball home from an acute angle (8-1).
For those keeping up, the ninth goal came from Wilson following a lovely dribble and slap-shot through a by-now somewhat dispirited Crewe defence (9-1).
The scoring was complete when O’Mahony was finally rewarded for her efforts and become the eighth different goal scorer. She converted a cross from the left with a reverse flick.
Rose, Watkins, Bryson and Hindmarch let the side down slightly by being the only players not to score but there will be other days when their stout defending will be what secures a positive result for Morpeth.
Indeed, this might occur when Morpeth travel to Longridge this weekend to face the side they replaced at the top of the league.
Team: Janice Rose; Karen Hindmarch; Lyn Watkins; Cara Smith; Emma Bell; Sally Bryson; Nicky Bowler (c); Teleri Wilson; Ciara Corbett; Dani Hagan; Arran O’Mahony; Lindsay Pollock. Man-of-the-match: Cara Smith.