Baptists suffer another four-goal reverse

Saint Peter’s Church Low Fell 4 Morpeth Baptist Church 0 North East Christian Fellowship Premier Division

IT was always going to be an uphill struggle for Morpeth Baptist Church, missing six first-team regulars for the trip south of the river – and so it proved to be.

Having lost the home corresponding fixture 5-1, they succumbed to another four-goal reverse.

From the start there was no lack of effort from the Morpeth team, with a number of players drafted in for a rare start.

Despite the foggy conditions at kick-off Morpeth Baptist Church actually started quite brightly and had an early chance when Tanney beat the offside trap. His touch took him past the keeper, but too wide for a shot and his cross was knocked narrowly past the post by Quincey.

Captain Brown sought to motivate the away team, with some typically robust challenges in the centre of the park, ably supported by Garbutt. Dewhirst coordinated the back four, playing a high line in an attempt to combat the lively Saint Peter’s forwards.

Saint Peter’s took the lead though after a ball from the left wing was played across the box and slotted in.

Saint Peter’s dominated possession after the break and more chances came their way.

Two relatively early goals for the home team threatened a rout. Some excellent stops from keeper Cooper, together with some determined defending and wasteful finishing, meant that didn’t happen.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic as a few half-chances came Morpeth Baptist Church’s way but a lack of composure meant they came to nothing.

There was hard work from Richardson and Davies on the right, as they attempted to keep the lively wingers under control.

Haxell, in central defence, tried to support the efforts of Dewhirst and there were some crucial blocks from left-back Fletcher.

Snowball took a knee to the head, and studs to the thigh, but with no subs available, the starting eleven had to carry on. Quincey battled manfully on his own upfront, but it was a thankless task for the lone striker.

The final goal came late on as the centre-forward Taylor turned in the box and fired in past the dejected Cooper.

Morpeth Baptist Church were well beaten but everyone had worked hard. With three matches left they will look to secure a win or two in order to restore some pride after a tough season in the top division.

Team: D Cooper, M Richardson, A Haxell, B Dewhirst, P Fletcher, H.Davies, T Brown (c), R Garbutt, C Snowball, L Tanney, T Quincey.