Ebac Northern League Division 1
Morpeth Town 4-1 Seaham Red Star
Davison 11 Thompson 61
Henderson 72, 83 pen
Seaham Red Star finished their season with a 4-1 defeat at Morpeth Town last night but as has often been the case this season, the Star will feel hard done by the scoreline.
Goals from Mark Davison and Wayne Phillips put the hosts in front early on, but 17-year-old James Thompson got the Star back into the game midway through the second half.
However, substitute Liam Henderson came off the bench and sealed the win for Morpeth with two goals.
Both sides were playing for pride, with Morpeth already promoted to the Evo Stik League Division 1 North and the Star’s position in Division 1 of the Northern League safe for another season.
The hosts started brightly with Joe Walton hitting the post just four minutes in following an impressive ball from Sean Taylor on the left.
They were in front just seven minutes later when Davison headed home into the top-right corner off the end of another impressive ball from Taylor.
The Northumberland side got another goal in the 16th minute when Phillips curled the ball into the top-left corner impressively from long range.
Morpeth almost got a third in the 31st minute when Davison headed just over the bar off the end of Walton’s ball.
Seaham started the second half well and almost got a goal back when substitute Alex Ramshaw went through on goal but his lob over the keeper went just wide of the target.
Five minutes later, the Star did get a goal back when Thompson latched onto a good ball through the defence and buried the ball past the keeper in the bottom left.
Seaham really should’ve equalised in the 65th minute when Morpeth keeper Karl Dryden failed to keep hold of the ball and Lee Hetherington put a ball into Robbie Bird but he fired wide despite there being an open goal.
Unfortunately for Craig Lynch’s side, Morpeth got a third in the 72nd minute when Thomas Price failed to clear his lines and Henderson fired home into the top-right corner.
Ten minutes later, the hosts got a penalty when Callum Munro was adjudged to have brought a player down in the box. Henderson stepped up and sent keeper Declan Greenwood the wrong way to get his side’s fourth of the night.
Two minutes from time, Greenwood made an outstanding diving save to the right to deny Morpeth substitute Simon Farrier.
The Star finish the season 18th in the Northern League Division 1, whilst Morpeth finish as runners up.
After the game, Craig Lynch said: “It certainly wasn’t a 4-1 game. Maybe the first two goals they scored could’ve been prevented by a bit of communication and staying in our positions.
“After James Thompson’s goal, I thought we played well, close game and then it was just a little fumble in the box and then they scored and then a penalty decision.
“I thought the middle period of the game was really good – just the start and the end let us down a bit.”
The full interview with Lynch can be found here.
Morpeth Town: Dryden, Forster, Turner, Coppen, McDonald, Phillips, Graydon (c) (Norris 77), Walton (Farrier 84), Sayer, Taylor, Davison (Henderson 71).
Subs not used: Moorcroft and Carson
Seaham Red Star: Greenwood, Munro, Staunch, Howe, Price, Chapman, Croft (Johnson 73), Johnston (Ramshaw 56), Thompson, Bird (c), Hetherington.
Subs not used: Wilkinson, Byrne, Crosby.