MORPETH manager Nick Gray recalled Andrew Keenan and Tom Wilson to the starting line up with former FA Vase winner Michael Fenwick named on the bench in the 2-1 victory over Hebburn Town.
On five minutes Wilson carried the ball out of defence and strode down the right, he checked inside and delivered a thirty yard pin point diagonal ball into the path of David Dormand.
Before he could get his shot away he was impeded and the referee awarded Morpeth a penalty. Anderson fired the penalty high to Hebburn goalkeeper Richard Oliver’s right to give Morpeth the lead.
With Michael Hall and Mark Keenan controlling the midfield, Dormand ran onto a poor back pass, he was diverted wide by Oliver, but was still able to pass inside to Ashley McAlpine whose shot just cleared the bar.
Hebburn broke on the left and forced a corner, David Hiftle managed to head clear but the ball fell to Paul Gardiner who blazed over when well placed.
On the half hour after good play on the Morpeth left involving Marc Walmsley and Cameron Patrick, Mark Keenan beat his man passed to McAlpine.
His cross was met by Anderson and Oliver diverted the ball wide for a corner.
Anderson drove the ball across the face of the six yard box, where Hiftle was first to react and his towering header increased Morpeth’s lead.
Morpeth were now in the ascendancy. In a fine flowing move Hall, Dormand and Keenan combined to create a chance for Anderson but his twenty yard volley flew over the bar.
With thirty seven minutes on the clock a fine individual goal by Dean Nicholson reduced the arrears, but Morpeth were able to play out the half and go in at the break 2-1 up.
Morpeth started the second half on the attack played in by Hall, Dormand twisted and turned in the box and drove his cross shot just wide of the far post.
The partnership of Anderson and Dormand up front were constantly causing problems for the Hebburn defence, Anderson again shot narrowly over the bar.
Dormand was then played through the middle and Oliver just got his fingertips to the ball to deny Dormand a goal.
As the game entered its final stages Hebburn started to dominate for the first time in the game. Dormand and McAlpine had run themselves into the ground and were replaced by Michael Fenwick and Michael Burn respectively.
With the free running Tony Stephenson a constant threat, Hebburn pressed for the equaliser.
However Neil Johnstone, who never missed a header all game, Hiftle ,Walmsley and substitute Burn were more than a match for anything Hebburn could throw at the home defence.
With Steven Mundy in the Morpeth goal making putting in an assured performance when Hebburn did get a shot on target an equaliser always looked highly unlikely.
Fenwick continued the good work of McAlpine and Dormand and his selfless running and composed play created another two chances for Anderson that Oliver did well to save.
The final whistle came and Morpeth had gained another valuable three points and increased their undefeated run in the league to six games.
This sets Nick Gray’s young side up for the visit to league leaders Darlington RA on Saturday followed by match against second placed Team Northumbria at Craik Park on Saturday 24th September.
Morpeth Town Mundy Wilson Walmsley Keenan Johnstone Hiftle Patrick Hall Anderson
Dormand (Fenwick) McAlpine (Burn)