Last-minute penalty blow

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Billingham Synthonia 2 Morpeth Town 1 Ebac Northern League, Division One

MORPETH played well, but ultimately came away with nothing after conceding in second-half injury-time.

The visitors opened the scoring when Scott Swanston latched onto a loose ball and finished well from inside the box after 11 minutes.

Billingham had an opportunity when the ball was worked to Hillerby. His shot on goal was saved by Town keeper Steven Mundy.

The Highway Men, with the wind in their favour in the first half, had a good spell of pressure and both Mark Grant and Michael Chilton had decent efforts that were saved by home keeper Briggs.

With the wind at their backs after the restart, the home side were on the front foot and they equalised when a dangerous cross was knocked back and Osmond fired home from close range.

Billingham had chances to go ahead and it took a great block to deny Woodhouse from scoring, but Morpeth were a threat on the break and Chilton went close with a back-heel effort.

The game looked to be heading for a draw, but in the 88th minute, the referee deemed a challenge from Swanston to be dangerous and he produced a straight red card.

The hosts pressed for a winner and Town’s following were anxiously looking at their watches. They thought they had held on for a point when Mundy made two good saves in the 93rd minute, but three minutes later, a penalty was awarded after a challenge on Woodhouse in the box.

And Morpeth went away deflated as Sweet scored from the spot-kick to make it 2-1 at full-time.