Morpeth Town 4 Hebburn Town 0 Northern League, Division One
MORPETH moved further clear of the relegation zone with a comfortable victory at Craik Park on Saturday.
From the first minute, the Highway Men took the game to their opponents and only dogged defending by the Hebburn Town defence kept the game scoreless for half-an-hour.
The breakthrough came on 33 minutes. Wing-back Lancaster powered down the left and he sent in a tantalising cross into the box. Anderson rose above his marker and his bullet header crashed into the net via the near post.
Ten minutes later, Anderson turned provider when his cross from the left was headed home by Chilton.
In a rare attack for the visitors, Costello broke free on the left and his ball into the box was met by North, but at full stretch he sliced the ball wide.
In first-half injury-time, Chilton slid a throughball into the path of Taylor, who calmly beat Holgate in the Hebburn goal to give the hosts a three-goal lead.
On the hour, Chilton completed the scoring when played in by Taylor to give the Highway Men a comprehensive 4-0 victory. Morpeth are now 18th in the table and have games in hand on the all the teams below them.
Morpeth Town: Mundy, Hiftle, Lancaster (Henderson), Hall, Robinson, Jewels, Taylor (Forster), Fry (Grant), Anderson (Chilton), Keenan. Techflow Group Qatar man-of-the-match: Sean Taylor.
• Morpeth are at home to Westfields FC in the fourth round of the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The Craik Park side’s first game in this season’s competition was a 3-0 win away to Washington in the second qualifying round.
Forster fired an unstoppable shot into the net to give Town the lead and the second goal came when Taylor finished well after running past a few defenders. He then tapped home a rebound five minutes from time.
In the first round, Morpeth achieved a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Penrith. In the 86th minute Keenan collected the ball, made some space and drove the ball home from the edge of the box.
A few minutes later, Forster beat his man on the line and picked out the predatory Chilton, who made no mistake from eight yards. Penrith got a consolation goal in injury time.
There was a big 6-1 win at Cleethorpes Town in the second round. Chilton poked the ball home in the seventh minute and after the home side equalised, the Highway Men went back in front through a Jewels header.
They then took advantage of a red card for Cleethorpes to score four more goals. Taylor, two, Hall and Keenan all netted.
Morpeth were on their travels again in the third round when they played Staveley MW.
With 15 minutes remaining, Anderson flicked the ball through to Chilton, who crashed the ball into the net from eight yards out.
And when Forster was released down the right, he cut inside the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net to make the final score 2-0 to the Highway Men.