Whitley Bay and Tynemouth III 3 Morpeth III 2
North East Hockey League, CDL North
MORPETH thirds were left to rue a bad start to the game as they fell to an away defeat.
They were punished heavily in the first ten minutes due to some sloppy marking and lack of movement which left the defensive line stranded with no support and meant that the home side easily picked out the gaps and managed to get ahead by two goals in quick succession.
The visitors eventually woke up and from a short corner, Simon Gilmore did not fail to impress when he drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.
But the Whitley Bay and Tynemouth keeper was in good form and despite a barrage of assaults on his goal by Simon Gilmore, Harry Goodwin and two outrageous diving shots from Peter Booth, Morpeth failed to convert.
The attacking play was not the only part of the game which stepped up in the second half. Alex MacKay had an outstanding game at left back and barely saw a man get past him and Martyn Bott held the back well and made some long passes which regularly hit the wings allowing the game to flow.
They were both supported well by Murray, Durance, Holden and King who all pulled their weight in the defensive efforts.
King and Holden both making cutting runs to make links with the midfield of Renwick, Race and Sanders.
Unfortunately, against the run of play the hosts scored a goal on the break as their striker completed his hat-trick.
There was still plenty of time left and Morpeth remained in high hopes.
Plenty of lines were run and the balls in were good yet the keeper made the goal seem impenetrable until a dive at the ball from Sanders diverted it onto the backboard.
The away side continued to play fast and slick hockey, but their efforts were in vain and the game finished 3-2 to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.