Town all set for clash with Spartans in big cup final

Morpeth Town are aiming to cause another upset in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup against Blyth Spartans on Monday evening.

The Highway Men go into this big game at St James’ Park in Newcastle having only lost twice in the league since October. This run of form has secured them a top ten finish.

They have come through unbeaten in recent matches against other title contenders – they beat Guisborough on Saturday and drew with Marske and Shildon.

In the semi-finals, Town defeated a costly Newcastle United XI 3-1 at their home ground, with Sean Taylor, Ben Sayer and Keith Graydon catching the eye.

Morpeth defeated North Shields 2-0 in the first round and West Allotment Celtic 3-2 after extra-time in the quarter-finals.

Manager Nick Gray will select his team from an 18-man squad of players. The only absentee is James Novak, who has suffered a stress fracture in a bone above the knee.

This leaves the boss with a dilemma as to who will fill the left-back role on the night.

Morpeth will hope for a repeat of the 2007 final when they beat Blyth 3-2.

The Northumberland Senior Cup final kicks off at 7.30pm. Entrance is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Morpeth Town FC have buses leaving Craik Park at 6pm and Castle Square at 6pm – returning immediately after the game.

Call John Richardson on 07738 447544 to secure your place or email club chairman Ken Beattie: