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Marske United
Morpeth Town
Wed 26 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 322

Marske United 1-4 Morpeth Town


After going nearly 13 months without a defeat at Mount Pleasant, Marske suffered their second consecutive loss as they were well beaten by top of the table Morpeth Town.


Marske: Dean, Martin, Rowbotham, Butterworth, May (Fairley), Wheatley, Liddle
(Round), Gott, Plant, Owens (Waters), O’Sullivan
Subs (not used): Owen, Hillerby

Morpeth: Lowson, Walton, Turner, Sayer, J. Henderson, Reid, Taylor (Foalle),
Hodgson, L. Henderson, Phillips (Graydon), David Carson (Potter)
Subs (not used): Forster, Petrache

Manager Carl Jarrett made 4 changes to the team that drew at AFC Mansfield, with
Adam Wheatley, Callum Martin, Chay Liddle and Brad Plant in the starting eleven
at the expense of Matty Waters, Curtis Round, James Fairley and Jacob Owen, who
all dropped to the bench as Marske lined up in 3-5-2 formation, from the favoured
4-3-3 formation against AFC Mansfield.
The visitors lined up in a 4-5-1 formation which became 4-3-3 with the ball with
Waynes Phillips and Sean Taylor playing either side of Liam Henderson.
The game got off to the worst possible start for Marske as Morpeth took the lead
on 3 minutes. Liam O’Sullivan was penalised for a foul on the right-hand touchline
and Ben Sayer swung in a free kick which was met by the head of the unmarked
Liam Henderson; the ball looked as if it was going over the bar but dipped at the
last moment leaving Marske keeper Robert Dean stranded. Marske fought back and
an O’Sullivan long throw dropped to Glen Butterworth at the edge of the box who
saw his low shot well saved by Dan Lowson in the Morpeth goal. However, Morpeth
didn’t heed the warning and it was 1-1 on the 15-minute mark. Yet again, an
O’Sullivan throw was cleared only as far as the unmarked Butterworth, who
arrowed a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner. On 25 minutes a
speculative effort from Taylor had Dean scrambling but the effort from 30 yards
following a knock-down from Liam Henderson went over the bar. Marske countered
as the game looked evenly poised, and just before the half-hour mark Plant’s
exquisite cross-field ball released Martin who crossed into the box but the resulting
header from Jamie Owens went wide. Marske had a lucky escape on 34 minutes
when a back header from Wheatley went straight to Taylor but he sliced his shot
wide. However, the visitors weren’t to be denied and led two minutes later. A
cross-field ball saw Taylor out-battle Andrew May, leaving him one-on-one with
Dean and the winger finished well into the far corner. With half time approaching,
Marske were given a mountain to climb when Henderson was left free in the box
and the striker turned cleverly before finishing across Dean and into the far
corner. On 44 minutes, an excellent run from Plant saw him fouled just outside the
box on the left-hand side. The resulting free kick from Martin was met by a Marske
head just outside the 6-yard box but went over the bar as Marske trailed 3-1 at the
Half Time: Marske 1 Morpeth 3
The first chance of the 2 nd half came when Craig Gott was fouled by Chris Reid but
Gott’s free kick sailed high over the bar. On 54 minutes, Plant, who had an
excellent game, saw a first time effort well saved by Lowson. On the hour mark,
Marske made a double change with May and Liddle replaced by Fairley and Round
as Marske switched to a 4-3-3 formation. Round’s first contribution to the game
was to receive the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Joe Walton, though

the decision was a little harsh as Walton ran across the Marske sub, drawing the
inevitable foul. It was 1-1 on the booking count on 68 minutes when Reid was
cautioned for a poor lunge on Fairley, which thankfully didn’t make contact with
the Marske player.
Morpeth made their first change on 68 minutes with David Carson replaced by ex-
Whitley Bay player Tom Potter. It was game well and truly over on 71 minutes with
probably the best opposition goal scored against Marske this season. Morpeth were
awarded a free kick on their left and with Marske leaving 4 players upfield, Phillips
was allowed too much space to head back across goal where Liam Henderson hit a
first-time volley from 15 yards which flew past Dean and crashed against the
underside of the bar and into the net, giving Henderson not only a hat-trick, but a
perfect hat-trick. The goal completely knocked the stuffing out of Marske and the
remainder of the game was played out without too many chances for either side as
Morpeth secured a comfortable and deserved victory to keep them easily top of
the table.
Full Time: Marske 1 Morpeth 4

With a paucity of contenders, the Supporters’ Club man of the match went to Brad
Plant, who constantly tried to get Marske on the front foot by running at the
Morpeth defence. However, it was the other number 9, Liam Henderson, who won
the majority of the plaudits, thanks to his hat-trick.

Team selection

Dean, Robert Dean, Robert
Rowbotham, Josh Rowbotham, Josh
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Wheatley (C), Adam Wheatley (C), Adam
Martin, Callum Martin, Callum
O'Sullivan, Liam O'Sullivan, Liam
Gott, Craig Gott, Craig
Butterworth, Glen Butterworth, Glen
Liddle, Chay Liddle, Chay
Owens, Jamie Owens, Jamie

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