Demolition derby

Action from Alnwick Town v Morpeth Town on August Bank Holiday Monday.
Action from Alnwick Town v Morpeth Town on August Bank Holiday Monday.
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Alnwick Town 0 Morpeth Town 4 Ebac Northern League, Division Two

THE Highway Men continued their impressive start to the season as they moved up to second in the table after a four-goal demolition of near neighbours Alnwick Town on Monday.

First to the ball and quicker in all departments, the visitors opened the scoring after two minutes. Johnson broke down the right and half volleyed his cross towards goal.

His shot was charged down but Chilton was on hand to fire home from ten yards.

Morpeth dominated possession and the second goal eventually came in the 45th minute. Alnwick keeper Beal scuffed his clearance and the quick-thinking Chilton stooped to head home from 30 yards.

The third goal came 10 minutes into the second half when Keegan bent a free-kick round the wall to find the bottom corner of the net.

Anderson completed the scoring 20 minutes from time when his low shot was deflected past a stranded Beal.

Cancer Research UK Man-of-the-Match: Shaun Henderson.

l On Saturday, Morpeth achieved their first victory of the season with a 2-0 away success at Northallerton Town.

The visitors took an early lead on six minutes. A long ball over the top caused the home defence problems and when Chris Lunn caught James Briggs in no-man’s land, Anthony Keegan was able to tap home.

The Highway Men almost increased their lead three minutes later when the home defence failed to clear a corner from the right by Paul Dunn, but Marc Walmsley fired over the top from the edge of the area. Northallerton went on to enjoy far more of the possession before the break but they rarely threatened the strong and well-organised Morpeth defence, with Tumilty and Walmsley outstanding.

The home side did go close on one occasion, however a shot from Smurthwaite was deflected onto the post.

There wasn’t too much goalmouth action in the second half until Morpeth doubled their advantage 16 minutes from time.

Mark Grant’s powerful drive from 20 yards was well saved by Briggs, but Michael Chilton reacted quickly to tuck home the rebound.

Morpeth were then reduced to ten men when Dunn, who had earlier been booked, was shown a straight red card for an elbow on Anderson, but it came too late to make any difference to the outcome. Northallerton could not even score a consolation in stoppage time when Emson blasted a penalty kick high over the bar.

Cancer Research UK Man-of-the-Match: Jordan Fry.