Thirds Improve Their Position
The match started well for Morpeth, pressing high against a nervy Stockton team.
However, just after the 5-minute mark, a lucky aerial from a Stockton sixteen, and a poor pass across the defense by Mike Murray led to a Stockton goal.
Despite being stunned, Morpeth immediately got back on track, pressing high continuously.
The midfield trio consisting of Robin Page, Yuri Mohylnystky-Ingham and James Breakey were tearing the opposition’s midfield apart, and sending great balls down the wings and centre to allow Dom Burrin, Andy Gallivan and Ronnie Hinshaw to fire shots into the ‘D’. However, an equaliser would not appear on the score sheet until 10 minutes later, with our trio of midfield and attackers working together pushing up high into the midfield, with Mohylnytsky-Ingham firing a pass into the ‘D’. An out of position left-back, Peter Durance managed to connect with the ball firing a low sweeping shot across the keeper into the bottom right hand corner. Morpeth 1-1 Stockton.
Morpeth were relentless in attack. Great passing was frustrating the opposition, resorting them to become rougher. However Stockton had several counterattacks, by firing the ball from their sixteen through the middle of the pitch to two skillful players, but the trio of midfield and quartet of defense proved to be too much for them, providing them very little space and constant pressure. However the score line remained the same at half time, despite a dominant Morpeth.
Second half, and again Morpeth started strong. The Stockton defense was getting rougher every minute, arguing with decisions. Good chances were created in the first 10 minutes by Morpeth, but their keep was on good form, saving a good few short corners, which would have been goals. Morpeth had also realised Stockton’s strategy of firing the ball through the middle, from their sixteen’s, and as a team managed to intercept most of the hits, and defended well against the hits which got through to their two creative midfields. Because such was the dominance of Morpeth, even the two centre backs Phil Tomlinson and Mike Murray were able to press up to the halfway line, with the left and right backs able to push up even higher. Morpeth lead the game around the 10th minute into the second half, thanks to a goal by Jaime Macdonald, assisted by Robin Page.
Soon after, the Stockton defence was diminished to 3, as a key player was sent off for unsporting behaviour. This sending off proved to be fatal for Stockton as immediately Morpeth seized the chance and on a quick counterattack, Gallivan set up Hinshaw with a great through ball, enabling a one on one with the keeper. With his defence nowhere insight, the Stockton keeper could only mange to wipe out Hinshaw. With the ball rolling across goal, Burrin found the back of the net, but the whistle had already blown. Penalty flick. Gallivan stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way; Morpeth 3-1 Stockton. Assist by Hinshaw.
10 minutes left, but yet Morpeth were relentless in attack. However, Morpeth did get a few scares near the end, with powerful through balls finding the attacker, but he couldn’t make anything out of it. However, another brilliant counter attack starting from defence working through the midfield and up to attack allowed Gallivan to feed Hinshaw, and this time not being taken out by the keeper, sent a low reverse shot into the bottom left corner. Morpeth 4-1 Stockton. Stockton had one last chance to attack, this time managing to get deep into the Morpeth half, almost into the ‘D’, but good defensive work from Man of the Match, Yuri Mohylnytsky-Ingham and Robin Page made sure no shots were fired in.
Final whistle. Morpeth 4-1 Stockton.
A great and thoroughly deserved win by a dominant Morpeth team.