Highwaymen conclude season with Aycliffe defeat

By Andrew McDonnell (@AndrewSJourno) Liam Henderson’s second-half consolation earned Morpeth Town their second record in as many games as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Newton Aycliffe in the final game of the 2016-17 season. Matthew Pennal’s cross was tapped home by Jamie Owens on 10 minutes, while Keith Graydon’s penalty was saved by James Winter two minutes later. Ben Trotter doubled the hosts’ advantage three minutes after half-time before Owens bagged his second of the game just after the hour mark. Henderson bundled Ben Sayer’s cross home two minutes…

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History-making Highwaymen finish runners-up in Northern League

By Andrew McDonnell (@AndrewSJourno) Jordan Fry scored a brace to ease Morpeth Town past Marske United and secure second place in the Northern League Division One for the first time in their history. Fry broke the deadlock early in the game, heading into the bottom corner, and Sean Taylor added a second just two minutes later. Marske hit the post and the crossbar in quick succession before Liam Henderson headed home to make it 3-0 at half-time. Danny Earl netted a brace himself in the second-half, with Fry scoring in…

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Morris’ moment of magic earns Morpeth victory

By Stuart Dick, Head of Media Denver Morris’ 32nd minute chip was the difference as Morpeth Town picked up their 19th home league victory of the season in a cagey affair with Washington. It took a delightful lofted ball from Ben Sayer to breach the five man Mechanics back line, hitting Morris in stride who lifted the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper. With just two minutes left in regulation, Washington were awarded a penalty for a phantom push in the penalty area, Pickard hit the post before converting the rebound,…

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Davison’s late equaliser ends Mariners’ winning streak

By Andrew McDonnell (@AndrewSJourno) Mark Davison’s dramatic late header secured Morpeth Town a point against league-leaders South Shields in front of over 2,000 fans at Mariners Park. Carl Finnigan put the hosts ahead after just three minutes when he lashed the ball home from close range. The game lacked clear-cut chances and Morpeth managed to snatch a point at the death as Davison headed into the bottom corner to end Shields’ 32-game winning streak. Morpeth now know that two wins from their final three games will secure them second-place in the…

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Walton brace helps Morpeth edge out Robins

By Andrew McDonnell (@AndrewSJourno) Joseph Walton’s brace helped Morpeth Town edge out a strong North Shields side 2-1 at the Daren Persson Stadium – their first win at the Morgue in over five years. The winger took the ball round Kyle Hayes and tapped into the net on the stroke of half-time to hand the hosts the lead. Walton doubled Morpeth’s advantage eight minutes after the restart after firing home from close range. Bobby Taylor pulled one back on 82 minutes to make it a nervous finish to the game,…

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