Victory for Seconds on their travels

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Durham City II 1 Morpeth II 3

North East Hockey League, Intermediate One

MORPETH Seconds stayed in the promotion race with an excellent away performance.

They almost took the lead when a long corner from Danecki found its way to McLean whose swept shot was well saved. The ball deflected to Jamie Macdonald on the far post who, caught by surprise, managed to put his shot against the post.

But the visitors did break the deadlock just before half-time. The initial strike from a short corner was saved into the path of Danecki at the top of the D.

He returned the ball to the injector, Shafiq Sr, who then scooped his shot into the goal off the bottom of the crossbar.

But Morpeth were unable to reach the half-time break with the lead as a short corner for Durham City managed to get scrambled over the line following a series of fortunate deflections.

The men in green and gold continued their passing game in the second half and they were awarded a penalty flick after a shot was deflected into a melee of players and the away strike-force were bundled off a clear goal-scoring chance.

Danecki stepped up and guided the ball into the large space left by the keeper who dived the wrong way.

It was 3-1 at full-time thanks to young Macdonald. He finished off a well-worked move when he stroked a sweeping ball into the D from Sander into the goal.

The men’s first team drew 0-0 at home to Durham City I. They are currently in fourth place in the North East Hockey League Premier Division table.

MORPETH Ladies I achieved a great away point at North Hockey Women’s League Division One leaders Neston South Wirral.

The hosts took the lead after 10 minutes following good movement in the D and they made it 2-0 before half-time when a rebound from a short-corner strike was pushed into the goal.

But the girls in green and gold surged forward after the break and drew level. First, McLean played in Bryson on the left side of the D and she coolly swept home, then Dakin received the ball at the top of the D and struck it with venom to send it crashing into the top of the backboard.