Morpeth build up confidence in preparation for FA Vase tie

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Morpeth Town went into this match full of confidence following their superb 1-1 draw away to Spennymoor the previous week.

But manager Nick Gray had to do without the services of the injured Buchanan and the work committed Bell, but Town did welcome back Mark Grant following a ten-week absence due to a dislocated shoulder.

This was good news for the club with forthcoming last 32 FA Vase match at home to Hereford-based Westfield FC on Saturday

The Hebburn match had kicked off with a quick tempo with Sean Taylor prominent in an early attack, and it came as no surprise when a flowing move involving the impressive Keenan and Fry saw Anderson score with a header at the far post to put Morpeth 1-0 up.

Then on 20 minutes following a left wing cross by Taylor, Chilton got in front of Hebburn keeper Holgate to power home a header from ten yards.

With Fry and Keenan working hard in midfield, Hebburn found it tough to create any meaningful chances, but they looked dangerous on the break with Holgate and Costello.

But it was Town who took a three-goal lead on 39 minutes with Chilton putt Taylor free on the right with the former Sunderland main finishing clinically from 12 yards.

Following the interval Hebburn, to their credit, battled gamely nd they produced some neat football in midfield.

The match, however, was effectively over for them in the 69th minute when Taylor broke free on the right before crossing hard and low for Chilton to side-foot home from the edge of the six-yard box for his 30th goal of the season.

Town continued to press with Hebburn keeper Holgate pulling off a series of fine saves from Anderson, Chilton and Taylor, with Sean Henderson following a typical darting run seeing his powerful shot inches over the bar.

Afterwards, delighted town manager Gray said: “We did what we had to do on a very heavy pitch.

“It was, however, important to play the game in terms of getting points on the board and playing 90 minutes for match fitness prior to the FA Vase game on Saturday.”

Leading up to Saturday’s game, chairman Ken Beattie has made a plea to the people of Morpeth to get behind the club in their quest to reach Wembley.

He said “Saturday’s match is a huge game for us as we attempt to reach the last 16 of the FA Vase.

“I believe we can go all the way as on the day it is a match for everybody.”

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm at Craik Park, Morpeth.