Cook strikes twice from corners to continue an unbeaten start to the season.
Morpeth made the short trip down the road to Newcastle University at the unfamiliar start time of 10:30am, looking to extend their unbeaten run to aid their promotion bid boosted by the return of some experienced members in the form of Nathanial Ray, Adrian Dye and Keith Land who were missing during the win against Tynedale.
Morpeth, looking like a professional outfit in their new club hoodies provided by Beikou Hockey looked to start by playing a simple short passing game to frustrate the opposition. The Morpeth players, however did not stick to the game plan from the off and struggled to create some early chances in the game. The defence bolstered by an experience centre back pairing of Dye & Kendall stayed strong however and not before long, Morpeth found themselves with their first short corner of the match. The resulting shot was stopped but the short corner ordered to be re-taken due to an early break. The wide injection forced Tony Cook to improvise to slip the ball past the first runner and played a one-two with Adam Craggs to unlock the student’s defence and put Morpeth 1 goal up.
Morpeth held on to half time 1 goal up to re-group after a chastising team talk and started the second half more positively against the students who were pressing high and not allowing the Morpeth defence out of their own half easily.
Despite playing better than the first half, Morpeth were still under heavy pressure and Newcastle uni created some chances and started to win more short corners. Newcastle would’ve found an equaliser, had it not been for Adrian Dye’s goal line clearance. Morpeth continued to play their short passing game to create some more chances and won more short corners. A more planned one-two with Adam Craggs again saw Tony Cook score his and Morpeth’s second of the match.
Morpeth withstood some late pressure from Newcastle University to hold on to win 2-0 to move to the top of the league unbeaten with 4 wins from 5 with Adrian Dye picking up the man of the match after his goal line clearance and some solid defending throughout.