Morpeth Town haven’t dropped a point, or conceded a goal, during 2018. Forget about the fact they have only played one game; they aim to maintain that record when they travel to Billingham Synthonia on Saturday (3pm).
FORM: Billingham have been struggling this season, sitting bottom for the majority of the campaign. They’ve won just once in their league fixtures with a gap beginning to open up between the bottom teams as Penrith continue their resurgence in form of late. Twenty defeats from 26 highlights a season of struggle so far. They’ve only scored 14 goals in the Northern League and conceded 72 in the process, 11 more than anyone else. That defence comes up against one of the most potent attacks in the division, with Town’s 72 goals a league high.
Morpeth have opened up a 15-point gap over second-placed Markse United. Town keep winning their league games with their rivals holding five games in hand thanks to a mixture of postponements and FA Vase commitments. Sean Taylor bagged his 13th of the season last time out, meaning the top three scorers in Morpeth’s team – Liam Henderson (17), Taylor and Joe Walton (11) – have now netted 41 goals between them.
LAST GAME: Billingham fell to a routine 3-0 loss at home to Stockton Town, with the prolific Jamie Owens putting the visitors in control by half-time with two headers. Substitute Adam Nicholson then headed home another effort 11 minutes from time as Stockton eased to victory. This game was on Boxing Day, highlighting an 18-day break prior to their game with Morpeth.
The Highwaymen played their most recent game on Saturday at a bitterly cold Sunderland RCA. They emerged from the hail, wind and rain with an efficient 2-0 success, courtesy of a first half David Carson strike and a second half Taylor effort.
KICK OFF TIME: 3pm
WHERE TO WATCH: Norton Sports Complex, Norton.
SAT NAV: TS20 1PE