Town hopeful of finishing campaign on a high

Morpeth Town’s players and coaches are in confident mood ahead of the final stretch of the season.

The Highway Men are currently on a good run. This has included wins home and away in the Northern League to move into the top ten and a fantastic 3-1 victory against Newcastle United Reserves in the semi-finals of The Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup. They will take on Blyth Spartans in the final at St James’ Park on Monday, April 27 (7.30pm kick-off).

Manager Nick Gray is calling on fans in Morpeth to back the side in that game and the rest of the league campaign, which includes fixtures against most of the teams above them in the table. He added: “We haven’t had many injuries recently and when I’ve made only one or two changes, the players coming into the side have fitted in nicely.

“The only bad performance so far in 2015 (away to Consett) came when there were a few players unavailable and I had to change the formation.

“The training camp to Portugal at the end of January has also helped. We got to work on a few things tactically and it was good for team morale as the players were living in each other’s pockets during the week.

“Confidence and team spirit is massive in football, along with ability, and this group has all of these elements.

“They gave everything in the Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final game and we were worthy winners. I work for Newcastle and got a lot of congratulations from inside the club. It was great that the players could show the crowd how well Morpeth Town can play and we’re all looking forward to the final at St James’ Park next month.

“If the players perform to their full potential, we will give a good account of ourselves.

“In the league, we have a tough run of fixtures coming up, so we will see where we stand after them. Fingers crossed, we will have a good end to the season and achieve our aim of finishing in the top half of the table.

“Our attendances are currently the eighth highest in the division, which shows that we’ve come a long way from when I first arrived at the club.

“Quite a few of the fans are junior players at Morpeth Sporting Club and the lads really appreciate their support.”

Morpeth’s opponents on Saturday are Whitley Bay. Kick-off at Craik Park is 3pm. They are also at home on Wednesday night when Marske United are the visitors (7.30pm kick-off).