Honours even at half-time for Morpeth

The teams leave the pitch at half-time.
The teams leave the pitch at half-time.

Morpeth Town go in at the break level with favourites Hereford FC after Chris Swailes equalised after the half-hour following Rob Purdie’s early goal.

The Highway Men managed to secure their first trip to Wembley after Luke Carr’s injury-time goal at Craik Park, but it certainly was a start to forget at the national stadium.

Joe Tumelty darted inside and managed to find an unmarked Purdie, who was allowed time on the ball before he unleashed a stunning strike from 25-yards, which sailed into the goal.

Just two minutes later Karl Dryden stopped the Bulls from doubling their lead, after Sirdic Grant’s strike was pushed round the post.

Dryden was Morpeth’s man of the moment in the opening half-hour, producing more fantastic stops to keep Hereford’s lead to just one.

Sean Taylor’s effort was Morpeth’s first of the afternoon on 17 minutes, but he was denied by Martin Horsell.

On the half-hour mark Grant nicked the ball ahead of James Novak before unleashing his shot, which rifled off the crossbar.

However, the Bulls were made to rue their missed chances on 34 minutes, as the Highwaymen found a way back into the game.

Horsell came out to collect the in-swinging corner from Ben Sayer, but the ball sailed over the top of the keeper and Swailes bundles the ball home from close range.

Michael Chilton should have put the Highwaymen ahead when Luke Carr played the ball across to the forward, but after missing from six-yards, the linesman had his flag up.