Madrid strike for victory

Bedlington Juniors U14 2 Morpeth Sporting Club Madrid U14 3

MORPETH went to Bedlington hoping to carry their good form into this NABC league game.

The home side started brightly but the Madrid back four of Campbell, Gascoigne, Riley and Thompson were in great form and held the Bedlington front line at bay, giving Geddes little to do.

The game came to life with Smith bursting past the defender to go towards goal and the referee played on but then changed his mind as the ball hit the net and awarded a free-kick, much to the bemusement of the visiting supporters.

Minutes later, some great play by Riley found Hodge who cut through the defence for Smith to hammer home.

Morpeth were dominant now and should have increased their advantage. Gascoigne picked out Smith with a fantastic long through-ball only for the keeper to save brilliantly.

Further good play by Brown and Scott saw the Bedlington keeper at full stretch and the defence struggling with Madrid’s pace.

After the break, Vendiletti came on for Brown and Tachiguchi for Campbell. The half started evenly with the hosts starting to get back into the game.

A good ball found a Bedlington striker at the edge of the box and he fired a good shot past Geddes to equalise.

This brought urgency to Morpeth’s play and good work by Clapperton and Smith saw Vendiletti through, but his shot came off the post.

The visitors were not to be outdone and a repeat of the move saw Scott slide in to restore their lead.

Within a few minutes, it was 3-1 to Madrid, with Smith breaking clear following a good ball from Robertson to smash past the keeper.

Bedlington attempted to come back and chances fell to both sides, with Gascoigne and Riley outstanding at the back and Robertson dominating the middle.

Haywood came on for Hodge and Morpeth seemed to be coasting, but a mix-up on the wing saw the home side break forward and they pulled a goal back.

With seconds left, Smith broke again following a good ball from Haywood. Having taken the ball past the keeper and about to score his hat-trick, the away crowd could not believe it when the referee blew for full-time before the shot went in.

Despite this frustration, it was another win for Morpeth.

Madrid squad: Geddes, Campbell, Gascoigne, Riley, Thompson, Robertson, Brown, Hodge, Clapperton, Scott, Smith, Tachiguchi, Vendiletti, Haywood.