Bark worse than bite

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Morpeth Sporting Club U11s Galaxy 4 Walbottle Bulldogs U11s 3

IT wasn’t exactly a stylish performance, but it was enough for Morpeth to take three points from Walbottle Bulldogs for the second time in two weeks on a freezing cold morning.

Galaxy were ahead inside seven minutes as a pass/shot found Charlton unmarked to tap in from two yards.

It was 2-0 a few minutes later as Nellis weaved through the Walbottle defence before sliding the ball under the goalkeeper to double his side’s advantage and claim his first goal.

The lead lasted about 10 minutes before two goals in five minutes from the visitors’ strikers pulled the score back to 2-2, shifting the control of the match in the process.

In the second half, Galaxy re-took the lead. Whittle won a penalty after a defender was penalised for ‘tripping or attempting to trip’ inside the penalty area.

The midfielder promptly stepped up himself to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes from time it was 4-2 in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Play was stopped for what appeared to be an offside, with Charlton thumping the ball into the net.

However, it then emerged no offside was given, leaving the referee no choice but to award the goal as no offence had been committed prior to the ball crossing the line.

Walbottle were able to pull another goal back late on, but the remaining 90 seconds of stoppage time was not enough for the away side to force an equaliser.

Morpeth team: Hope, Farrier, Dunn, Small (c), Andrews, Morrison, Nellis (man-of-the-match), Lawson, Whittle, Davison, Charlton. Substitutes: McCormack, Bickerton.