Morpeth SC U17s 2 Willington Quay & Howdon BC U17s 0
THIS was Morpeth’s first home game for almost three months and only their third game of this year.
They had been well beaten by Willington in one of those games so the home team were looking to put on a better performance in their last home fixture of the season.
The match proved to be a very even contest and Willington played some excellent football at times.
Morpeth have a tendency to start slowly and, having missed so many weekends recently, they were even more rusty than usual.
The visitors were far quicker to the ball in the first 15 minutes and Alex Vescio and Joseph Laux were kept very busy in central defence.
James Brown and Tom Larby, both excellent throughout, worked hard on the left-flank to keep Willington’s best players at bay and Phil Biggs and Jonny Wilson did similarly in the centre of midfield.
Morpeth were finding it difficult to keep the ball and their passing was poor. It was a surprise when they went in front 10 minutes before the break.
Marc Tully did very well on the right and crossed for Craig Robertson to finish with a good shot into the corner of the net. Moments later, Robertson provided a chance for Jack Travers but he shot wide from a tight angle.
Morpeth played much better in the second half without ever taking control. Dan Carr was called upon on a couple of occasions and his handling was excellent.
The home side almost went further ahead when Josh Chambers passed to Biggs, who hit an excellent volley from the edge of the penalty area, only to see the visitors’ goalkeeper make a brilliant diving save.
Further pressure eventually brought a second goal when Jack Tordoff did well to cross and Brown was on hand to sweep the ball into the net.
After that, Morpeth were fairly comfortable and held on to their lead. It was a very disciplined team performance and everyone contributed.
The win meant that Morpeth won eight of their nine home fixtures this season. Unfortunately, they have not been able to play as well away from home. If they had, they would have been very close to winning the league.
Squad: Carr, Larby, Vescio, Laux, Tordoff, Wilson, Biggs, Robertson, Brown, Tully, Travers, Hunter, Nelson, Chambers.