High­way­men come home with three more points

Sunday Sun - - Football -

MOR­PETH Town moved level on points with lead­ers Os­sett United af­ter an im­pres­sive win at in-form Stam­ford.

The High­way­men have four of their five league games since se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion from the North­ern League and they have only been kept off the top of the ta­ble by the fact that Os­sett have scored one more goal so far this cam­paign.

Nicky Gray’s side started well at the Zeeco Sta­dium and came close to tak­ing the lead when Liam Hen­der­son rose high­est to meet a Ben Sayer cor­ner, but could only send his header over the cross­bar.

The sides were can­celling each other out and there wasn’t much to choose be­tween them. How­ever, it was Mor­peth that struck first as Joe Walton slot­ted home a penalty on the half-hour mark af­ter Joe Burgess had fouled David Car­son in the area.

The High­way­men held on to the lead up un­til half-time and would have walked out for the sec­ond half with words of cau­tion from man­ager Gray still ring­ing in their ears.

The Mor­peth boss would have ex­pected their hosts to im­prove but although they had plenty of pos­ses­sion, they never re­ally tested Dan Low­son in the open­ing stages af­ter the restart.

The only save that the Mor­peth keeper had to make was a rel­a­tively straight-for­ward stop from a weak header by Rob Mor­gan.

Mor­peth dou­bled their lead on the hour mark thanks to a Jeff Hen­der­son header.

The for­mer New­cas­tle United Re­serves cap­tain was left un­marked at a cor­ner and pun­ished the home de­fence by smash­ing a loose ball into the net.

The hosts gave them­selves a chance though when they halved the deficit on 67 min­utes, sub­sti­tute Sam Grouse head­ing home a re­bound af­ter Jon Challi­nor has struck the cross­bar with a ris­ing drive.

Ben Sayer came close to seal­ing the points for Mor­peth when he hit the cross­bar with 10 min­utes left on the clock and his side sur­vived a late scare as Challi­nor sent a close-range header over the bar.

The full-time whilst blew soon af­ter af­ter­wards and Mor­peth’s im­pres­sive run of form shows no sign of end­ing.

CHARLES WAUGH

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