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Sunderland Broom 1
Morpeth 1
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R Valentine (24' ), I Kendall (31' ), I Foster (43' ), T Carmichael (67' ), R Brown (20' )
Sat 11 Jan 13:30 - North East Hockey League - Premier Division

Morpeth Start The New Year In Style

Morpeth Put Five Past Sunderland Broom

Morpeth travelled south to take on Sunderland Broom in their first game of 2014. Morpeth knew this wouldn’t be an easy game, as the home side had seen a resurgence of late getting a few results just before the Christmas break.

The first ten minutes started at a slower pace as both teams readjusted to the game. Morpeth created some good chances through team playmakers David Breakey and Ritchie Brown, who had plenty to work with, with excellent movement from Forwards, David Calder, Ross Valentine, Ian Kendall and Ian Foster. The Longhirst based outfit started building up more pressure on the home sides goal, and it wasn't long before Brown flicked home after Kendall squared the ball in the D. Soon after this Valentine doubled the away sides lead when Foster drove into the left side of the circle, playing the ball just wide of the oncoming keeper to the back post. Morpeth had now settled into the game and continued to look very dangerous going forward. Some slick passing and good off the ball movement allowed the forwards the opportunity to get into some dangerous positions. Just before the break Morpeth went 3 goals to the good, when Breakey was able to pick out the unmarked Ian Kendall on the opposite side of the D. With the keeper beaten, he managed to keep a calm head and fire his first time shot into the bottom corner.

Morpeth started the second half at the same good pace they ended the first, getting forward with real menace. However it was the home side that looked more likely to score early on as they created some very good chances. However a combination of some untidy finishing and some very good saves from keeper Sam Read allowed him to keep his clean sheet intact. After riding the wave of pressure, Morpeth’s fourth goal finally came when Valentine played a ball across goal which Foster was on hand to deflect in on the volley. The home side now looked as if they had accepted defeat, and the game moved on in much of the same light and a fifth was added as Carmichael slammed home a shot from the right hand side of the D. Morpeth sealed off the game and came out 5-0 winners.

This was an impressive all round performance from Morpeth who will look to segway this week's performance perfectly into next week's home game against Wilton.

Scorers: Ritchie Brown, Ross Valentine, Ian Kendall, Ian Foster, Tom Carmichael

MOM: Ian Kendall

Line Up: Sam Read (GK), Stuart Fairbrother, Phil Holmes, Evan Mulligan, Tony Cook, Tom Carmichael, David Breakey, Ritchie Brown (C), Ross Valentine, Ian Kendall, David Calder

Subs: Bruce McPate, Ian Foster

Key moments

Goal Ritchie Brown scores for Morpeth 1
Goal Ross Valentine scores for Morpeth 1
Goal Ian Kendall scores for Morpeth 1
Goal Ian Foster scores for Morpeth 1
Goal Tom Carmichael scores for Morpeth 1
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sunderland Broom 1
  • Morpeth 1
  • 0
  • Ian Kendall Assist 20:00'
  • Ritchie Brown Goal 20:00'
  • Ian Foster Assist 24:00'
  • Ross Valentine Goal 24:00'
  • David Calder Assist 31:00'
  • Ian Kendall Goal 31:00'
  • Ritchie Brown Assist 31:00'
  • Ian Foster Goal 43:00'
  • Ross Valentine Assist 43:00'
  • Ian Kendall Green Card 60:00'
  • Tom Carmichael Goal 67:00'

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League round up

Other Premier Division results

Newcastle Univ 3
Newcastle Univ 2
Stokesley 1
Stockton 2
Wilton 1


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Durham Univ 3 22 60
2. North Shields 1 22 52
3. Durham City 1 22 45
4. Morpeth 1 22 39
5. Durham Univ 4 22 34
6. Stokesley 1 22 32
7. Newcastle Univ 2 22 29

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