Highway Men draw a blank at Bishop

Anderson on the ball for Morpeth Town during Saturday's match against Bishop Auckland.
Anderson on the ball for Morpeth Town during Saturday's match against Bishop Auckland.

Morpeth Town 0 Bishop Auckland 0 Ebac Northern League, Division One

The Highway Men faced fellow middle table opponents Bishop Auckland at Craik Park on Saturday.

In a keenly-contested first half, chances were at a premium with both defences in control.

The second half opened up and overlapping full-back Lancaster started to move forward, creating several goal-scoring opportunities for the Morpeth forwards.

Efforts from Anderson and Chilton narrowly missed the target as the Highway Men strived for the opener.

Bishop responded through Hawkins, Brunskill and Megan but they also failed to find the target.

With time running out, Megram almost snatch all three points.

His fierce snap-shot from the edge of the box was heading for the far corner of the net but Mundy in the Morpeth goal dived to his right to pull off an excellent save, with five minutes remaining.

This hard-earned point against a strong and skilful Bishop Auckland cemented the Highway Men’s mid-table position in what is their first season back in Division One of the EBAC Northern League.

On Saturday, Morpeth Town travel to championship contenders Celtic Nation.

Anything less than victory for their Carlisle-based hosts will see Spennymoor Town win the league title.

A crowd of more than 1,000 is expected.

Manager Nick Gray, who has seen his young side gain creditable draws at Shildon and Spennymoor Town, as well as an excellent victory over FA Carlsberg Vase finalists West Auckland Town, will have his team fired up for what should be a very exciting encounter.

Morpeth Town: Mundy, Keenan, Lancaster, Hall, Buchanan, Taylor (Swanston), Fry, Anderson, Chilton, Hutchinson (Grant). Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Marc Lancaster.