Tynedale II 5 Morpeth IV 2
With eight players under 16 making their debut for Morpeth fourths, it was always going to be difficult for the side against an experienced Tynedale team.
The visitors started the game well and had plenty of possession, but without any penetration in the final third of the pitch and Tynedale’s first attack resulted in a goal.
Undeterred, Morpeth pressed on to try and level the game, but conceded another when they were drawn too far up the pitch. It was a testament to the youngsters in the team that their heads never dropped and they continued to create chances.
From a short corner, Bott beat the keeper with his shot, but a Tynedale defender saved with his foot so it was a penalty flick to Morpeth. Bott dispatched this with ease to make the scoreline 2-1.
The next five minutes of the game was important, unfortunately Morpeth made a few mistakes which allowed Tynedale to grab a third.
Morpeth started the second half brightly and their pressure was rewarded with a short corner. Bott found Craggs, whose first shot was saved, but it landed nicely for him to have a second shot.
This shot was blocked by a Tynedale hand on the line and another penalty flick was awarded. Bott stepped up and finished again, sending the keeper the wrong way.
However, the goal seemed to galvanise Tynedale and the momentum slipped away from Morpeth. Despite warnings from the keeper, the away side’s defence failed to mark their men correctly, which resulted in a Tynedale goal.
The game now opened up and a combination of passes from the Morpeth forwards resulted in a chance for Bott, who failed to add to his tally.
It was Tynedale that struck again to make the final score 5-2, but this was an encouraging display and the standard of play from the young players bodes well for the future.