Morpeth Town 2 Whickham 1 Northern League Division Two
MORPETH Town were aiming to continue their winning streak when they welcomed second-placed Whickham to Craik Park.
From the first whistle Morpeth took the game to their highly rated opponents.
The ball was spread wide by Grant to Keenan who delivered it first time into the box. Anderson met his cross with a volley and Cresswell in the Whickham goal made the save at full stretch.
On four minutes Grant played the ball over the Whickham defence to Walmsley who was flattened by Cresswell as he advanced on goal. Anderson stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it high into the net to make it 1-0.
With the Morpeth trio of Grant, Keenan and Cartwright dominating the midfield Morpeth pressed for the second goal.
Keenan’s long ball found Dormand on the right, he cut inside and passed to Anderson who again forced the save from Cresswell. From the resulting corner Johnstone won the ball at the far post and Tate cleared off the line.
In a rare Whickham attack King lashed the ball towards goal from distance and was unlucky to see it crash off the cross-bar and away to safety.
After that let-off Morpeth continued to press forward and after a period of incisive midfield play Keenan rolled the ball into the path of Dormand who picked his spot and fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from fully 30 yards to double Morpeth’s lead.
As the half entered its closing stages Mundy dived bravely at the feet of King to make the save, but the forward was first to react and fired the loose ball into the net to make it 2-1 to Morpeth at half time.
With Whickham in search of an equaliser and Morpeth trying to get the goal that would put the result beyond doubt, it was real end-to-end stuff with chances galore at either end. Fine defending from both sides prevented any further score, and credit had to be given to the Morpeth defence of Henderson, Robinson, Hiftle and Johnstone who did not shirk a tackle and kept the free-scoring Whickham forwards down to only one goal.
This was another fine victory against one of the pre-season favourites for promotion by Nick Gray’s exciting young squad. Morpeth are now up to seventh in the league table and have won their last five league matches.
P Gillan & Sons man of the match: Marc Grant.
Next match at Craik Park, Morpeth Town v Chester Le Street, November 19, kick off 3pm.
Morpeth Town: Mundy, Henderson, Robinson, Grant, Hiftle, Johnstone, Cartwright, (Patrick), Walmsley, Anderson, (Fry), Dormand, (Shanks), Keenan.