Men’s side edged out by students

Durham University III 3 Morpeth I 2 North East Hockey League, Premier Division

Morpeth came away from Maiden Castle with no points despite a decent performance in the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

The away side started the game very brightly, enjoying a large amount of possession and denying the uni side the ability to play out from the back.

However, they were unable to make the most of their opportunities in the opposition’s D.

David Breakey had Morpeth’s best chance of the half when he skilfully picked the ball up beyond the left post, only for his flick over the advancing keeper to hit the side netting.

Frustratingly, a rare Durham attack resulted in one of their forwards converting a shot underneath keeper Read from the top of the D to make it 1-0 at half time.

The visitors applied the pressure early in the second half and they were rewarded with a short corner. They took full advantage of this chance as Wood stepped up to expertly dispatch a drag flick into the left of the net.

Within moments, Morpeth won themselves another short corner and it brought exactly the same result.

Wood once again produced a powerful flicked effort, this time to the low bottom left corner beyond the despairing keeper (1-2).

The home side pressed for an equaliser after Morpeth’s Phelps was given a yellow card and they levelled the scores from a short corner. The away side were unhappy, as in the build up the attacker seemed to miss the ball and follow through into Wood’s stick.

Soon afterwards, Durham took the lead when a looping deflected shot went over keeper Read and into the top corner.

Morpeth got their man back on and came close to making it 3-3 when Breakey’s shot was cleared off the line.