A good week for Town

Morpeth Town 3 Penrith 1 Ebac Northern League Division One

The Highway Men consolidated their position in the top half of the table with an impressive performance against Penrith.

The visitors travelled to Craik Park looking to extend their winning streak to seven games, but they were up against a Morpeth side determined to make amends for their narrow League Cup defeat in a penalty shoot-out to their Cumbrian opponents earlier in the month.

Town were in the ascendancy from the first whistle. The opening goal came on the quarter-hour when Sean Taylor’s deep corner was headed back across goal by Michael Hall to Matthew Grieve who powered home a header at the near post.

Morpeth extended their lead on the hour.

Daniel Taggert burst through the middle and his shot was too hot for Richardson in the Penrith goal to handle, and the ball broke free to Ben Sayer who scored from close range.

Twenty minutes from time, The Highway Men put the game beyond Penrith’s reach when they were awarded a penalty. Michael Chilton’s spot-kick was saved by Richardson, but the ever-alert Sean Taylor was on hand to convert the rebound.

Penrith defender Smith received a red card for contesting the penalty decision, but 10-man Penrith managed to pull back a consolation through a Coleman penalty with 10 minutes remaining.

With the clock running down, Penrith were reduced to nine men when Jackson received his second yellow card for a foul on Keith Graydon.

Morpeth Town line-up: Dryden, Hiftle, Novak, Sayer, (Fry), Hall, Grieve, Taylor, (Fenwick), Graydon, Taggert, Chilton, (Anderson), Bell. Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Matthew Grieve.

On Tuesday night, Morpeth recorded their fifth consecutive league victory with a 2-0 win at Sunderland RCA.

After a goalless first half, Jordan Fry opened the scoring when he latched onto a quick free-kick and fired the ball home from ten yards out.

Chilton wrapped up the points 10 minutes from time with a close-range finish.

The final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup between Morpeth Town and Blyth Spartans will take place at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on Monday, April 27 (7.30pm kick-off).