Winning start in new venture

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Morpeth II 4 Sunderland III 1 North East Hockey League, Intermediate Division Two

FOLLOWING last season’s promotion, Morpeth men’s seconds ventured into the new season and new league with confidence.

They had to play without Hinshaw who pulled up with a knee injury, Hermes slotted into centre-back alongside Malecki.

But Sunderland never seemed to threaten the home side’s defence as the majority of the play seemed to be inside the visitors’ half, although Morpeth were unable to finish countless opportunities.

Morpeth continued to pass the ball around, increasing the confidence of some of the new recruits who seemed to play as if they had been part of the team last season.

However, they took their eyes off the game and one penalty corner later, Sunderland found themselves a goal up.

This seemed to spur Morpeth on and with some great work down the wing by Tordoff, the ball found the back of the net with a great strike from Chambers to equalise just before half-time.

The hosts focused on pressing Sunderland’s defence and also keeping and recycling the ball at the start of the second half and it paid off five minutes in when last season’s top scorer Ian Foster fired home.

They kept attacking and after some great passing from Rudson and Breakey, the ball went through to Calder who slotted it past the inexperienced keeper to take Peth two goals clear.

The final goal of the game came from left-back Cook.

After many attempts in the first half the time finally came for him to grab a goal of his own, finding the net in a crowded Sunderland D to make it 4-1 at full-time.