MORPETH TOWN 1ASHTON UNITED 4Morpeth suffered a home defeat for the first time in over a year when they lost 4-1 to Ashton United on Saturday. Despite going behind early on, the visitors rallied and ran riot in the second half.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 10:44 am
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 9:23 am
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The Highwaymen got off to the perfect start with Jeff Henderson nodding home on four minutes following a free kick

Jack Foalle had a great chance to double the lead when he raced through on goal but the Ashton ‘keeper Greg Hartley pulled off a great stop.

The visitors began to work their way back into the game and Ashton drew level on 36 minutes with a wonderful strike from midfielder Sam Sheridan, who from all of 30 yards arrowed a rising drive into the top corner.

Morpeth had the perfect opportunity to regain the lead two minutes later when Foalle was bundled over in the penalty area, Joe Walton stepped up but saw his penalty saved as Hartley.

The final chance of the half fell the way of Sean Taylor but his cross-shot was tipped over the bar by Hartley. From the corner, Walton nodded the ball back across goal but Foalle couldn’t turn the ball home.

The second half began in complete contrast from the first with the Robins in almost complete control and Dan Lowson made a good block with his body to deny Josh Wilson.

Town did create a couple of half chances with Foalle inches away from sliding the ball home, but on 64 minutes, the visitors took the lead as Ben Hardcastle was picked out at the back post and his downward header nestled in the bottom corner.

Their lead was extended on 71 minutes when Tomsett was bundled over in the area by Liam Noble and the Ashton captain Wilson made no mistake from the penalty spot..

Just when Town didn’t think it could get any worse it did as Louis Almond hit a shot which deflected up off a defender and crept underneath the crossbar to make it four for the visitors.

Morpeth almost grabbed a consolation goal in added time but the returning Carl Finnigan saw his strike slide wide of the far post.