Morpeth extend their unbeaten run in North East Prem.
Having enjoyed a so far unbeaten run in North East Prem, Morpeth welcomed fellow league high flyers Durham City to the sunny but chilly Fortress Longhirst. This is at least what I was told, as at the time, I was racing back through to Newcastle to collect my forgotten hockey shoes…
Any way, I (your author), arrived just in time for the beginning of the game. Morpeth applied pressure from the first whistle, playing confidently with solid passing and movement, whilst managing to repel the odd Durham City foray into the defensive 23. The half progressed with good attacks but opportunities remained unconverted by the home side. As half time approached, Jamie Macdonald pulled a pass back from the baseline, having worked the ball in from the ungovernable left side of the pitch, to a waiting David Breakey who slotted the ball into a near vacant goal, 1-0.
The half time chat required Morpeth to do more of the same, whilst looking for more outcomes in the circle.
Morpeth continued in the second half in much the same manner as the first, and despite only being 1-0 up, felt confidently in control of the game. Ever cautious of our tendency to have a ‘mad 10 minutes’, a momentary lapse of concentration landed Durham City an opportunity to bring the game level with a penalty corner, only the resulting attempt was comfortably palmed away by keeper Sam Read. Nearing the end of the game Morpeth found themselves with a penalty corner of their own, but an uncharacteristic fumble at top D allowed Breakey to fling the ball into the goal for his second. Not long after, the final whistle sounded to secure the 3 points for Morpeth.
Other highlights included, Mooney’s constant bombardment of the Durham City defence, Dom Burrin’s 4 metre wide (and 4 metre high) reversey shot at goal, Gareth Mellor’s stick malfunction/mishap whilst injecting the penalty corner, and lastly Dan James generally having a stormer of a game.
Next week sees a buoyant Morpeth return to Maiden Castle Vs Hild Bede.
MOM- Some flukey guy called D. Breakey
DOD- G. Mellor