Red cards ruin Morpeth’s big day in the FA Vase

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Morpeth Town came away from Eastbourne United with a feeling of injustice as they lost their FA Vase fifth round tie 6-1 and ended the game with only eight men.

After preparing for the game by making the long trip to the south coast on the Friday lunchtime, all their efforts were thrown away as early as the second minute.

Following a tackle on Steven Anderson by Eastbourne’s Jack Divall, which incensed Morpeth players, a melee resulted and Town’s Jordan Fry was red carded for allegedly throwing a punch.

Down to ten men, Town battled gamely, but it was never going to be their day.

From this point it appeared that everything that Eastbourne hit went into the net and with luck going their way Town were four goals down at half-time.

They worked hard after the break and took the game to Eastbourne and came back into the contest with a great drive by Stephen Forster to make it 4-1.

Town then hit the bar twice through Michael Chilton and Forster but could just not get another goal.

Eastbourne went on to add another two to their tally, and Morpeth’s day was complete when Anderson and Shaun Bell were both shown red cards late in the game.

After the match Town manager Nick Gray said: “Eastbourne were the worst side we had played in the competition and after seeing everything go against us we feel a great sense of injustice right through the match.”

If they had won it would have taken Morpeth into the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.