Gateshead III 9 Morpeth III 3 North East Hockey League, Development One
THE first away game of the season saw Morpeth with a one-man disadvantage due to late problems with player unavailability and this was always likely to prove decisive.
But they started with a remarkable degree of composure and controlled the game for the first 10 minutes with the ball remaining in the opposition half.
Free hits started to be won outside of the Gateshead D, with these leading to a few penalty-corners.
It was no less than Morpeth deserved when a follow-up to one of these opportunities resulted in a shot from Ireland squeezing inside the left-hand post, with Larvin providing ample distraction to the home keeper.
Unfortunately, this was to be the one and only time when the team based at Longhirst were to hold the advantage.
Within a few minutes, Gateshead had their equaliser with a good save from Glyn Evans falling fortuitously to a forward to finish easily and within double-quick time, a raid down the right and a smart pull-back led to another simple finish.
Macdonald & Renwick continued to combine well for Morpeth and it was no real surprise when Alan Evans forced in from another short corner to level the match with 20 minutes gone.
Yet again Gateshead looked to rally and they really stretched the visitors both in midfield and defence to lead 5-2 at half-time.
The second half became very open, however, it was the home side who took their chances and they scored four more times.
But Morpeth never gave up and they won a penalty flick when Alan Evans was completely up-ended by the Gateshead keeper.
Bott converted it assuredly to get Morpeth’s third goal.