Morpeth SC U17 0 Red House Farm U17 1 (aet)
MORPETH’S reward for a good win in the previous round of the cup was a fixture against a team from the top division.
The players and management were a little apprehensive before the match but their fears proved to be misplaced as Morpeth gave an excellent account of themselves and were unlucky not to go through to the next round.
In strong winds and on a muddy pitch, both sides found passing difficult.
Morpeth began to take control of the game and a flowing passing movement involving five players led to a centre that was headed narrowly wide by Jack Philips.
Red House came back strongly and Jack Tordoff and Alex Vescio were called upon regularly in the centre of defence to keep the visitors from creating a good opportunity.
Tom Larby and Adam Fawcett also did very well at full-back so the defence was solid, leaving the midfield players and forwards to concentrate on taking the game to Red House Farm.
Chances were few and far between but the home team played steady football, with James Brown and Jonny Wilson working very hard in the centre of midfield and Craig Robertson and Philips running hard on the flanks.
There were no goals in the first half but it was an entertaining game all the same.
The second half followed the same pattern but towards the end of normal time, Red House were thwarted on three occasions by the excellent Dan Carr, who made superb saves to keep the scores level.
The game went into extra-time and Jack Travers hit a good shot that brought a good save from the visitors’ goalkeeper.
Red House then scored when Morpeth had difficulty in clearing a corner.
Morpeth tried to get back into the game and a shot from Phil Biggs went close but Red House held on for the win, which they thought was going to be far easier than proved to be the case.
Team: Carr, Larby, Tordoff, Vescio, Fawcett, Philips, Wilson, Robertson, Brown, Travers, Hunter, Rolt, Biggs.