Morpeth III 8 Morpeth IV 0
MORPETH III met Morpeth IV for the first time in the league in what was an enthralling encounter at Longhirst.
Morpeth III were expected to win this game, but history suggested that anything could happen.
For the first 15 minutes Morpeth III dominated in midfield but poor passing prevented them from creating any chances. Morpeth IV were clever in their work, but struggled to get out of their half.
The first goal for Morpeth III had a bit of luck about it, but the big hit from Max Renwick was turned in at the back post.
Their second goal was not far behind and a well-worked short corner routine from Martyn Bott found Max Renwick who hit the post from his shot and the rebound was pushed over the line.
The IV team battled on and a mix-up allowed them their only chance of the first half, but the third-team keeper saved and the danger was cleared.
Eventually, the third team scored a third through Jamie Macdonald.
The second half was a different affair, Morpeth III talked about increasing their tempo and this is how they started. It was not long before a fourth was added and Morpeth IV were now really under the cosh. It was no surprise that another goal was added.
The fourth team responded by changing their formation and in a 10-minute spell caused some problems for the back-line of Morpeth III team.
Importantly for the thirds, they did not concede and it spurred them on and two more well-worked goals were added by Jamie Macdonald and Harry Goodwin.
From a short corner, Martyn Bott saw his shot hit the post and fall to Max Renwick who struck the ball goalward only to see Vaughan Gordon save the goal illegally with his foot on the line. Martyn Bott Calmly slotted the resulting penalty flick home to compete the scoring.
A good result for Morpeth III, but there were also plenty of positives for Morpeth IV to take from this game.