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Morpeth Town 3 Jarrow Roofing 2 Ebac Northern League, Division Two

AFTER their successful tour of Qatar, the Highway Men returned to league action when they took on in-form Jarrow Roofing at Craik Park a week last Wednesday.

Having won their six previous matches, the visitors were soon into their stride. Utilising both flanks, their wingers constantly stretched the home defence and they took a deserved lead on 30 minutes when Myers collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired home.

Fortunate to be only one down at the break, Morpeth showed their resilience in the second half. Town’s players were now first to the ball and had long spells of pressure as Carmichael in the Jarrow goal, a mere spectator in the first half, was now the busiest man on the field.

Having already saved goalbound efforts from Chilton, Lunn and Scott, he was finally unable to prevent the Highway Men regaining parity on the hour when he could only parry a stinging shot from Chilton into the path of Scott, who finished from six yards.

Morpeth’s tails were now up and from the restart the home side mounted another attack.

Carmichael dived to his right to claw out a Scott drive but Fry was on hand to find the top corner from 15 yards to give Town the lead.

The Jarrow defence had no answer for Morpeth’s attacking play as Lunn, Andrews and Hutchinson pressed them back.

On 70 minutes, Andrews was bundled over in the box but Carmichael pulled off an exceptional penalty save to deny Chilton.

Chilton’s deserved goal came five minutes later with a clinical finish from a slide rule pass by Hutchinson.

Jarrow scored a late consolation but ended the game a well beaten side – a result which could not have been envisaged at half time.

Morpeth Town: Wells, Henderson, Walmsley, Hall (Tumilty), Hiftle, Dunn, Dines, Fry (Andrews), Scott (Hutchinson), Chilton, Lunn. Rusty’s Taxis Man-of-the-Match: Christopher Lunn.

Morpeth’s game away to Esh Winning on Saturday and the home match versus Alnwick Town on Boxing Day were postponed because of waterlogged pitches. They are next at home against Darlington RA on Saturday, January 5. Kick-off is 3pm.