Unlucky Town edged out of cup at Morpeth

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Morpeth SC Lisbon...3 Alnwick Town Juniors...2

Pin Point U16 League Cup

ALNWICK Town U16s travelled to Craik Park on Sunday to take on local rivals Morpeth in what was to be an entertaining League Cup encounter.

Morpeth started the first half the livelier of two teams and broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when a low shot from the edge of the area looked to be going wide of the post but ricocheted off an Alnwick defender and into the corner of the goal (1-0).

Alnwick soon got back into the game and were rewarded for their efforts after 15 minutes when an in-swinging corner was met at the back-post by Freddie Hall, who powerfully headed past the Morpeth goalkeeper into the roof of the net (1-1).

Morpeth regained the lead on the half-hour after some good play down the left-wing, a deep cross into the Alnwick area and a well-timed header at the back-post (2-1).

Alnwick were unlucky not to level the game before half-time when Luke Mayhew found himself through on goal but shot narrowly wide.

Deep into first-half injury-time, Morpeth scored a third after a good through-ball behind the Alnwick defence was slotted home from close range (3-1).

After half-time, Alnwick came more into the game and went close to scoring following some good link-up play between Ryan Elliott and Aiden Hughes.

Morpeth continued to be dangerous on the counter-attack but were denied scoring any second-half goals after several fine saves by Archie Little in the Alnwick goal.

Alnwick would have found themselves level after 70 minutes had it not been for the crossbar denying a Cameron Hill effort from close range and a Keegan Watson shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Town carried on battling and got themselves a lifeline in the last five minutes when Sam Proudlock poked the ball home from close range after a goalmouth scramble (3-2).

Despite pinning Morpeth in their penalty area for the final minutes of the game Alnwick could not find themselves an equaliser and can feel unlucky not to have got something out of this match.

Alnwick: A Little, C Smith, S Hardman, F Hall, K Watson, T Farr, S Lawless, S Proudlock, C McEwan, R Elliot, L Mayhew, C Hill, D Turnbull, G Atkinson, A Hughes. Man-of-the-match: Tom Farr.