MORPETH TOWN 4-0 CARLTON TOWN - MATCH REPORT
A second half barrage from Morpeth Town saw Carlton go down 4-0 in Northumberland.
The Millers had been good value for their share of the spoils as the sides went in 0-0 at the break but once the Highwaymen opened the scoring on 64 minutes there was only going to be one outcome.
Manager Wayne Scott had only 14 players make the mammoth 344 mile round trip to Craic Park. As a result there were two changes to the side which won at Lincoln in midweek with Jacub Tabreham and Ben Stokes replacing Toby Moore and Louis Tomlinson.
On a wonderful playing surface in bright sunshine the home side began well with the ever-dangerous Liam Henderson testing Jack Steggles early on.
Steggles, making his 150th start for the Millers, dealt with that comfortably and also saved a drive from David Carson as Morpeth pushed forward without a great deal of cutting edge.
The same could be said for Carlton, who had just Aaron Opoku up front and rarely threatened the Highwaymen’s goal.
Luke Smithson had fired one effort over the bar while Steggles made another couple of saves from Henderson.
Opoku had picked up a knock and was replaced after half an hour by Joshua Kwade
Shortly before half time Kieran Walker made an excellent block away from the goal line from another Henderson drive while Stokes chipped an effort just over the bar as the half time whistle blew.
Morpeth continued to press early in the second half with Steggles doing well to tip a Tom Potter drive over the bar.
Carlton looked reasonably settled keeping the home side at bay and Walker headed a Connor Bartlett free kick over the bar as the Millers looked to steal a goal.
But it was always a question of keeping the home side at bay and Morpeth finally breached the Carlton defence on 64 minutes. The Millers should have cleared a free kick from Ben Sayer. They failed to do so and when Sayer sent a second ball into the box Iulian Petrache fired home from close range.
The dam breached it was then only a question of how many the Highwaymen would score. They doubled their lead with 15 minutes to go when Sean Taylor slotted home following a through ball from Sayer.
Steggles made another save from Henderson before the striker was brought down by Walker, with Joe Walton converting from the spot.
With the game deep into added time Morpeth broke from a Carlton corner. A lovely passing move saw Walton feed Henderson and the striker grabbed the goal his performance deserved.
The final score was harsh on Carlton, who competed well but ultimately looked limited against an impressive Morpeth outfit.
The Millers players came over to give generous applause to the small band of travelling supporters who had made the longest away trip in the club’s history.
Carlton Town: Steggles, Robinson, Bartle, Tabreham, E Clarke, Walker, Frost, O Clark, Opoku (Kwadu 30), Stokes (Tomlinson 60), Smithson (Ilesamni 52).
Goals: Iulien Petrach 64, Sam Taylor 75, Joe Walton 88 (pen), Liam Henderson 90
Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM: Oliver Clark