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Bamber Bridge 3
Forbes (6'), Baxter (38'), Scarborough (63')
3 Morpeth Town
Turner (13'), Cassap (18' og), Hodgson (32')
Harry Scarborough in action against Morpeth Town

Match Report: Bamber Bridge 3-3 Morpeth Town

After a two-week break from competitive action, it took Jamie Milligan's side just five minutes to open the scoring when Danny Forbes placed the ball into the bottom corner from Harry Scarborough's cutback.

The visitors almost hit back quickly afterwards, when Andrew Johnson's effort was saved by James Pradic in the Brig goal.

But the Preston North End loanee could do nothing to keep out the equaliser on 13 minutes, Michael Turner powering in a header for Morpeth from a corner.

And it was 2-1 to the visitors in the most unfortunate of circumstances five minutes later, as a clearance ricocheted off the boot of Macauley Wilson and took one bounce before landing in the back of the net.

Pradic then reacted quickly to deny Jack Foalle's effort on 28 minutes, before the Morpeth number seven then fired a close-range volley over the bar from a subsequent set piece.

Morpeth extended their advantage to two goals on 33 minutes, Sam Hodgson tapping the ball in beyond Pradic from a driven cross.

Brig did manage to get back into the contest with what would prove to be a crucial goal just before half-time, Jack Baxter managing to divert the ball beyond Daniel Lowson in the Morpeth goal after great work from debutant Sam Billington.

And the hosts were back on level terms on 63 minutes. A goalmouth scramble ensued after a Brig free kick, resulting in Scarborough heading the ball over the line from yards out.

Brig piled on the pressure during the closing stages of the match, and had chances to win the game late on. Scarborough was played in on goal from the right flank before shooting his effort at Lowson, before the forward, who was named player of the match, saw a goalbound effort deflected over the bar in stoppage time.

But the winner did not arrive for Milligan's side, who narrowly missed out on securing the three points after an entertaining game of football.

Published Sunday 24th September 2023