Town has pre-season battle

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MORPETH Town complete their pre-season fixtures with a home game this Saturday against Northern Alliance champions Ponteland United – kick-off 2pm.

In preparation for the new season, the new squad assembled by manager Nick Gray have been defeated 3-2 by Northern League Division One club South Shields.

In a credible performance, goals from Hall and Howes gave Morpeth a 2-1 half- time advantage. With the full squad being utilised in the second half South Shields took advantage of the changes in the Morpeth back four to score two quick goals to run out fortunate victors.

In blustery conditions, Morpeth lost 2-1 to Whitley Bay A. The highlight of the game being a fine first time cross field volley from Johnstone that flew into the net from 15 yards.

Last Saturday, the team made the long journey to the University of Stirling sports campus to take on a Falkirk XI.

Against full time opponents, Morpeth took the lead three times through Hall, Dormand and Newton before eventually being pegged back to earn a fully deserved 3-3 draw.

A first pre-season clean sheet was then obtained on Monday night in a 0-0 draw at Amble United.