Town step into the unknown

Morpeth Town are primed and ready for their latest step into the unknown as they look to build on successive promotions.

Monday, 5th August 2019, 12:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th August 2019, 20:34 pm
Morpeth Town FC.

Playing their first BetVictor Premier Division game in the history of the club, the Highwaymen travel to Warrington Town on Saturday for what will be a tough encounter.

This is followed by a visit to Craik Park by Lancaster City on Tuesday, August 20; a big event which Town chairman Ken Beattie hopes will draw a big crowd.

“We’ve got a difficult start to our season, with some tough games in August,” said the Morpeth chairman.

“But far from being daunted by trips to Whitby and FC United of Manchester, we’re very much relishing the chance to test ourselves against these opponents.

“The management team have worked hard to get the squad prepped and ready for a first tilt at the Premier Division and let’s be clear; we’re not here to just make up the numbers.”

Pre-season has delivered plenty of goals and a fair few victories in their six outings, including the scalp of Blyth Spartans.

But it is all about Saturday now for Morpeth, and a chance to make their mark on the opening weekend of the campaign.

“We can’t wait to get started,” added Beattie. “The squad was brilliant last season and we have added significant quality to it ahead of the step up. I’m looking forward to seeing us compete at the highest level in our history. It is going to be a wonderful journey.”

Morpeth are at Warrington on Saturday before welcoming Lancaster on August 20 (7.45pm).

Morpeth Town finished their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 defeat at Marske United as Curtis Round’s late strike proved decisive. The midfielder netted with three minutes to go, on the break away as a tight game fell the way of the hosts.

Morpeth started strongly with efforts from Jack Foale and Liam Henderson before Andrew Stephensen glanced a header over the bar for Marske. The second period was tame and the game looked to be heading for a draw before Round struck.