Highway Men send the Synners down

Keith Graydon in action for Morpeth Town against Billingham Synthonia. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Keith Graydon in action for Morpeth Town against Billingham Synthonia. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth Town 4 Billingham Synthonia 0 Ebac Northern League, Division One

The Highway Men continued their fine run of form with an emphatic victory over the ‘Synners’ on Saturday.

Before the game started, there was an impeccably-observed minute’s silence in memory of long-standing Morpeth Town supporter Katherine Scott, who sadly passed away in the week.

Michael Chilton opened the scoring on the half-hour with a trademark predatory finish from close range after Burke in the Billingham goal failed to hold a fierce drive from Daniel Taggert.

Five minutes later, a headed clearance fell into the path of Ben Sayer and his half-volley rocketed into the net from 25 yards.

Sayer then put the result beyond doubt.

Paul Buzzeo rolled the ball into the path of Taggert. He then picked out Sayer, who stroked the ball home from the edge of the box.

Midway through the second half, a Michael Sweet shot hit the post for the visitors, but Morpeth’s response was immediate.

Breaking at pace, the ball was played through to Sayer, who completed his hat-trick.

Morpeth manager Nick Gray said afterwards: “We weren’t at our best today, but we can’t complain with the scoreline.

“I was disappointed for Synthonia being relegated as a result of this defeat – they gave everything.”

Town line-up: Dryden, Henderson, Buzzeo (Bell), Sayer, Jewels, Grieve, Taylor, Graydon, Taggert (Anderson), Chilton (Forster), Fry.

Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Ben Sayers.

The Highway Men conclude their home league season against Guisborough Town on Saturday, kick-off at Craik Park is 3pm. They then travel to FA Vase finalists North Shields on Wednesday, 7.30pm kick-off.

The final of The Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup against Blyth Spartans at James’ Park Newcastle is on Monday, April 27 (7.30pm kick-off).

Morpeth Town are providing transport to the game, with pick-up points at Craik Park and Castle Square. The departure time is 6pm.

For further details, contact John Richardson on 07738 447544.