Morpeth Lions U12s 6 FC Amble U12s 0
THE Lions continued their good run of form with another impressive home win against Amble on Sunday in front of another large crowd.
Morpeth lined up in the same formation which had served them so well the week before with Brown, Bowden, Campbell, J Thompson and Hill forming a strong back five in front of the impressive Magneron in goal.
It would be the strength and pace that this defensive formation provided that would form the solid base for the rest of the team to express their attacking flair.
The game kicked off at a high tempo, with both sides pressing for the advantage which was to fall in Morpeth’s favour as a long ball out of defence from Bowden found Strong who in turn released his striking partner Nicholson with a pin-point through-ball.
Nicholson appeared to have overrun the ball but showed his class by slotting home from a very tight angle.
The Lions went further ahead with a carbon copy of their first goal, with Strong once again releasing Nicholson through the middle and the striker once again beat the Amble goalkeeper from a very tight angle.
Morpeth were not prepared to sit back on their lead and after good work from Hill and Smith, D Thompson sent Nicholson away and he sprinted clear of the Amble defence to round off his first hat-trick of the season with a crisp finish into the roof of the net.
As half-time approached, Milburn went on one of his mazy runs down the left-wing and found Nicholson unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box with a perfect cross.
Nicholson’s first-time shot was well saved by the Amble keeper, but Strong was on hand to knock in the rebound.
The half-time whistle came as a relief to both sides, with the heat starting to take its toll on some of the players.
The second half saw Amble pressing to get back into the game but J Thompson, Campbell, Bowden, Brown and Hill all put in some tough tackling to maintain their four-goal advantage – with Magneron as solid as ever in the Morpeth goal when required.
The hosts weathered the early storm and soon took the sting out of the Amble attack and started to reassert themselves on the game, with Gascoigne coming on to add fresh legs to the midfield.
Smith, D Thompson and Milburn all combined well in the middle of the park with Smith taking a return pass from Milburn to fire past the Amble keeper to extend the Lions’ lead.
Young, Robson and Marsh were all introduced as the half wore on and it was left to D Thompson to put the icing on the cake with a sweetly-struck effort into the roof of the net after his own surging run down the right.
The final whistle saw Morpeth running out convincing 6-0 winners in what was their best team performance of the season.