Morpeth keep up pressure at the top

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Morpeth Town kept the pressure on league leaders Shildon with a comprehensive 3-1 win over West Allotment Celtic at Craik Park.

A thunderbolt from James Novak followed by a Keith Graydon goal gave Town a 2-0 goal lead at the first half, Michael Chilton also missing a penalty in the first period.

More dominance in the second half saw Sean Taylor curl in a beautifully placed free-kick before a late consolation from former Highwaymen striker Ian Lee scuppered the clean sheet for Nick Gray’s side.

Town made four changes from the team that faced Bedlington on Tuesday night.

In what is becoming a habit, the Highwaymen started the game strongly and caused a number of problems for the visitors.

The deserved opener came in the eighth minute as a number of Town players combined from a right wing throw-in to pick out Graydon on halfway. He switched the ball to the left with Novak who composed himself 35 yards out and rifled a left footed firecracker over the ‘keepers head and into the roof of the net.

After 10 minutes of calm, Morpeth upped gears once more and doubled their lead in the 18th minute when Graydon slotted home after a well worked build-up.

The visitors finally showed some attacking intent at 2-0 down, but still struggled to trouble Dryden, a long range effort from the visitors not troubling the Town ‘keeper.

The Highwaymen were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time when the Celtic ‘keeper took down Taylor, but he managed to push Chilton’s spot kick wide.

Seven minutes into the second period, Taylor stepped up and curled a voluptuous free kick into the top right hand corner of the net.

With just second remaining in the game, former Morpeth Town striker Ian Lee peeled away at the back post, before firing past Dryden for the consolation goal.