First draw of season for Morpeth
MORPETH TOWN 1STAFFORD RANGERS 1Morpeth stuttered their way to their first draw of the season being held at home by basement boys Stafford Rangers at Craik Park on Saturday.
Wayne Phillips cancelled out Joseph Berk’s opening goal for the visitors before Joe Walton missed a penalty deep into added time at the end of the game.
The game got underway in Autumnal sunshine but there was to be no bright start for the Highwaymen as Rangers took the lead on 10 minutes. Joseph Berks was allowed to roam forward with the ball and he reached the edge of the area before unleashing a low angled drive that beat Dan Lowson and nestled in the bottom corner.
Morpeth really struggled to make any impression in the opening quarter of the game and the visitors should have doubled their lead when Lowson mae a stunning save from Alex Rae-Harvey.
As the half ticked on, Town were unlucky not to level when Chris Reid was set up by the impressive Liam Henderson and Lewis King produced a smart save at his near post to keep Stafford in front.
On 43 minutes, Daniel Burns was cautioned for handling a through ball that would have released Sean Taylor. Sean Reid played into the feet of Henderson who teed up Phillips and the captain crashed the ball home.
The Highwaymen came out for the second half with their usual verve, but with a little over a quarter of an hour remaining, Euan Garnett could have been the hero for the visitors. A cross was pushed clear by Lowson to Garnett on the edge of the box but his effort was awful and it flew high and wide when it looked harder to miss.
As the game ticked into added time, Michael Turner saw his effort blocked, but with the clock ticking down Town were handed a golden opportunity to win it when Foalle was wiped out and a penalty was awarded.
There was a long delay between the spot kick being awarded and taken as King required treatment on a knee injury, and he made a brilliant save from Walton to deny the home side the win. Then, right on the whistle, Davis dragged a shot wide for Stafford.