Chilton at the double as Morpeth edge out Jarrow

M Hall in action for Morpeth Town
M Hall in action for Morpeth Town



The Highwaymen kept apace with league leaders Shildon with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Jarrow Roofing on Saturday afternoon at Craik Park.

Michael Chilton netted twice on Non-League Day before the visitors replied through Alex White just before half time. Substitute Jordan Nellis secured the win with tap-in nine minutes from time,

Morpeth are now four points behind the leaders with two games in hand.

Nick Gray kept faith with the side that beat Consett 5-2 in mid-week, with Captain Keith Graydon still missing due to injury.

Morpeth started brightly and in the early exchanges they hit the side netting, had a shot straight at the goalkeeper and also shot wide.

The visitors did create some problems on the counter attack. And they should have taken the lead when James Novak was dispossessed by Jordan Lartey who had a clear run at goal, but was closed down by keeper Karl Dryden.

From the tackle Morpeth countered, Carr eventually picking the ball up on the edge of the area on the left, curling a pinpoint cross onto the head of the diving Chilton who gave the hosts the lead.

The lead was doubled within four minute, Steven Anderson picking out the run of Novak on the left, the left-back hit a low cross into the area, Chilton beating his marker to slot home.

Roofing made an early substitution which almost provided dividends within a few minutes, Michael Riley finding himself 10 yards out, missing the target with a right footed effort.

The visitors continued to push for a route back into the game, and a Kieran Wrightson volley was saved byDryden.

Jarrow reduced the arrears six minute before the break, right-back Corey Barnes’s whipped right wing cross powerfully headed home by Roofing captain Alex White into the top right hand corner of the net.

After the break the game turned into a cagier affair, the visitors looking to pull level, the hosts trying to extend, or at least maintain their advantage.

Chances were few and far between for both sides, and for a period Morpeth were restricted to a string of long range efforts from Taylor and Anderson, both firing high over the bar, while Novak’s free-kick was agonizingly close to the head of Hall five yards out.

Morpeth went close to extending their lead as the clock reached 75 minutes.

A long Forster pass allowed Taylor to break behind the Roofing backline. Regan saved his one-on-one effort, the ball rebounding to McAndrew who attempted to fire home, Regan again denying the hosts.

Chilton went close to sealing his hat-trick, and the three points, two minutes later, dispossessing a defender before curling an effort goal wards, the ball clipping the top of the crossbar.

A well worked throw-in finally put the game beyond doubt. Forster, Taggart and Taylor combined for the latter to cross into the six yard box with substitute Jordan Nellis on hand to tap home, a minute after coming on to the pitch.