Horden CW 1 Morpeth Town 3 Ebac Northern League, Division Two
THANKS to the excellent playing surface and the sterling work of the ground staff at Horden, Morpeth were one of the few teams to play a Northern League fixture on Saturday.
Despite failing behind to an excellent goal by Crawford, who converted a pin-point cross from Hockaday in the ninth minute, the Highway Men showed their metal to storm back and claim all three points.
On 40 minutes, a Lee Scott through ball split the home defence and Mark Grant was on hand to regain parity when he rounded home keeper Hubery and placed the ball into the net.
With an hour gone, the visitors took the lead. A free-kick from Dunn created panic in the home defence and Anderson scored with an unstoppable shot.
Michael Chilton completed the scoring with a clinical free-kick. Grant was given the Rusty’s Taxis man-of-the-match award.
This victory brought 2012 to a close for the Highway Men. It was a successful year for the club as they established themselves as one of the front runners for promotion from Division Two, defeated three Division One clubs in cup competitions and had a very successful tour of Qatar.
All at the club are relishing 2013 when a concerted effort will be made to regain Morpeth Town’s place in the top division of the Ebac Northern League. January sees the Highway Men play current league leaders Crook Town and third placed Seaham Red Star both twice, the eagerly anticipated fixture against Graham Fenton’s North Shields and their next fixture at home to Darlington RA on Saturday – kick-off is 3pm.