Frustrated by the students

Durham University IV 2 Morpeth 0 North East Hockey League, Premier Division

MORPETH suffered their first defeat of the season after a frustrating afternoon away in Durham.

Conditions were tough and players on both sides found it difficult to stay on their feet, but this did not deter the visitors and they started on the front foot.

They nearly took the lead when Danecki was presented with the ball in the D, but the opposition defender did just enough to deflect the ball away from goal.

The solid centre-back pairing of Fairbrother and Machin dealt with any threat relatively comfortably, but Morpeth were dealt a cruel blow before half-time when the Uni side worked the ball to one of their forwards, who took it into the D.

He mis-hit the ball and unfortunately for the away side, it went through the legs of keeper Read.

The Longhirst-based outfit came out for the second half determined to level the scores. Danecki fired a shot at the keeper and as the ball looped straight back to him, he sweetly hit it on the volley, but somehow the keeper managed to save again.

Breakey then drew out the keeper and cleverly played it towards the right post, where Ian Foster looked to add any sort of touch at full stretch, only for the ball to evade him by the narrowest of margins.

Try as they might, the visitors could not find an equaliser and the Durham side sealed their victory with a goal from a short corner.

Man-of-the-match: Rob Machin.

Morpeth will aim to get back to winning ways at home to Jesmond Parish Church on Saturday (1.30pm start).