Morpeth 3s Vs Gateshead 3s
A Game of 2 Umpires
The week prior to the game saw a frustrating amount of injury and unavailability only having 9 players up until Friday night Saturday morning. The shortages saw Teaser and Morgan step up to the 3s for the game against Morpeth, a game Gateshead always want to win. Taking a bare 11 was always going to be a hard tiring match.
Gateshead as usual started with a high tempo and spirited attitude, which lacked a little composure on the ball. Despite both teams trying to play good hockey, the match was continually disrupted with questionable decisions and non decisions from both umpires. This unfortunately continued for the entire match. Morpeth took the lead in the first half with well taken goal, while gateshead continued to battle hard with some quick counter attacking hockey. The few short corners in the first half were unfortunately not converted and went into half time 1-0 down.
The half time team talk called for resolve , resilience and fight to get back into the game. Some good displays from Cooper and Bowen saw that Gateshead were not out of the game despite Morpeth scoring twice only to be disallowed . Gateshead managed to capitalise from a short corner as Pearson's injection was picked up by Christie who passed to Cooper allowing the shot on target. Only to be saved on the line, Pearson pouncing on the loose ball to flick over the keeper on the reverse. 1-1 game one!
But unfortunately it was the Gateshead of the last 2 matches as lack of fitness and concentration allowed Morpeth to nick a second to give them the the win.
Good effort guys can't fault that. We will beat them at home.