Town earn a hard-fought Vase win

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Washington 0 Morpeth Town 3 FA Carlsberg Vase, Second Qualifying Round

MORPETH booked their place in the next round of the Vase with a decent away victory.

They started the game on the attack and in the first minute, Chilton flicked on a cross from Anderson into the path of debutant Forster. He burst into the box and fired an unstoppable shot into the net to give Town the lead.

Another high-scoring game looked on the cards, but the Highway Men were constantly frustrated by a resolute Washington defence.

And as the half went on, Washington came back into the game. Mundy was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and he made three exceptional saves to maintain the away side’s advantage.

Both sides had chances in the first 25 minutes of the second half, but then the hosts started to tire and Morpeth began to reassert themselves.

On 75 minutes, an Anderson throughball found Taylor in space on the right. He powered his way through the home defence, carrying the ball fully 40 yards, and his calm finish doubled the Highway Men’s lead.

The final goal of the game came five minutes from time. Patterson’s cross shot cannoned back off a post and Taylor was on hand to tap home.

This hard-fought victory has earned the Highway Men a trip to Penrith in the first round of the Vase on Saturday, October 19.

techflow Qatar man-of-the-match: Steven Mundy.

Fast-flowing football from Morpeth saw them advance in the League Cup with an emphatic 7-1 first-round victory against Sunderland RCA last midweek at Craik Park.

Two up inside seven minutes, Town dominated their opponents from the outset.

They were 5-0 up at half-time thanks to a brace each from Anderson and Taylor and a fine strike from Chilton.

In the second half, Anderson completed his hat-trick and Chilton scored another excellent goal. The visitors netted a consolation to make the final score 7-1.

The Highway Men will play Celtic Nation FC in the second round.

Morpeth were back in league action away to West Auckland Town on Tuesday night.

The home side started well and took the lead from a free-kick. A diagonal ball was headed back across to Richardson, who scored from close range.

Banks made it 2-0 on 55 minutes and West Auckland went 3-0 in front five minutes later when Wright coolly slotted home a penalty.

The Highway Men did not let their heads drop, however, and tried to find a way back into the game.

They got it on 75 minutes when the ball was played through to Chilton and he finished clinically.

And it was 3-2 with 10 minutes to go as new signing Palmer rifled a shot into the net. But despite some late pressure, Morpeth could not find an equaliser.

They will be hoping to pick up some league points in their next three matches. First up is a trip to Sunderland RCA on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Morpeth will play against last season’s champions Spennymoor Town. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

The Highway Men are then at home to Shildon on Saturday, October 5. Kick-off at Craik Park is 3pm.