Morpeth held to draw against local rivals

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MORPETH entertained newly promoted local rivals Alnwick Town at Craik Park on Bank HOliday Monday with Nick Gray including Burn Donaghey and Patrick in the starting line up.

Looking to build on Friday night’s fantastic last gasp victory at North Shields, Morpeth started the game on the attack.

McAlpine tricked his way through the Alnwick defence and his powerful shot crashed back into play of the underside of the cross bar.

On fifteen minutes Morpeth took a fully deserved lead. Dines and Donaghey linked up on the fright and forced a corner.

The ball was cleared to McAlpine who was impeded and from the resulting free kick McAlpine expertly bent the ball over the wall and into the top corner of the net.On 19 minutes Dormand extended the lead by calmly rolling the ball under Brooks in the Alnwick goal to make it 2-0.

Morpeth continued to dominate play in mid field and Beal did well to save a long range effort from Patrick.

In a rare Alnwick attack Hogg raced out of his box to clear his lines. With Robinson, Johnstone, Burn and Wilson expertly marshalling the Morpeth defence Alnwick’s threat to the Morpeth goal was reduced to the occasional long range effort.

Johnstone played a long free kick into the Alnwick box the ball was headed clear but the impressive McAlpine was first to react and his volley went just wide of the post.

Morpeth started the second half as they had the first on the attack. Donaghey played a reverse ball into the path of Dines whose cross was met first time by Dormand and his shot just cleared the bar.

In a rare Alnwick attack the ball was played through to MacMullen who made it 2-1.

Morpeth returned to the attack Dines raced through the middle of the Alnwick defence and passed to Dormand whose shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Morpeth were not to be denied. On seventy seven minutes Patrick and Dines linked up to play in Dines at the far post who calmly placed his shot into the far corner of the net.

Disaster struck for Morpeth a minute latter Wilson pulled up with a hamstring injury and lost possession the ball was played through to Vickers who made it 3-2.

The loss of Wilson unsettled the Morpeth defence and for the first time in the game Alnwick started to dominate possession and the equaliser eventually came two minutes from time when Keenan ran onto a poor back pass and steered the ball past the stranded Hogg in the Morpeth goal.

Though disappointed to concede a two goal lead Morpeth are now in a comfortable mid table position in the league table and have increased their unbeaten run to four games.

Morpeth Town: Hogg Wilson (Cairns) Burn Hall Johnstone Robinson Donaghey (Andrews) Patrick (Keenan) Dormand McAlpine Dines