It was worth the long trip

Cleethorpes Town 1 Morpeth Town 6 FA Carlsberg Vase, Round Two

MORPETH hit their opponents for six to move into the third round of the FA Vase.

Both sides had chances early on and it was the visitors that took the lead in the seventh minute after defensive indecision allowed Michael Chilton to poke the ball home, silencing the home crowd.

Cleethorpes equalised in the 31st minute when Robertson’s shot was parried into the path of Mascall, whose effort bundled into the net, but the Highway Men went back in front through a Christopher Jewels header from a Steven Anderson corner.

The action did not stop there as just 90 seconds later, Mascall was up-ended inside the penalty area. Regular penalty taker Lowe stepped up but it was straight at keeper Steven Mundy and comfortably saved.

It then got worse for the home side as they had a man sent off. Forrest was shown his second yellow card for a cynical challenge.

They had a great chance to level the scores when they were awarded another penalty, but incredibly the spot kick – this time taken by Cooper – was dragged well wide of the goal.

The second half started with a flurry and Morpeth took their opening chance. A corner was not cleared effectively and the ball fell to Shaun Taylor, who calmly slotted it home.

A good counter attack put the away side 4-1 ahead. A long, squared ball eventually found Michael Hall, who fired into the roof of the net.

A further goal for Morpeth was scored by Andrew Keenan, who coolly side-footed home past Drury.

And their sixth was scored in the 70th minute after Steven Forster made a break down the right-hand side, cut into the penalty box and pulled it back to Taylor. He showed great composure to net his second of the game.

The only remaining notable action of the game came with 10 minutes to go when Cleethorpes’ Mascall received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident.

Techflow Group man-of-the-match: Andrew Keenan.