Foalle Reflects on St. James' Triumph

Jason Button

Morpeth Town lifted the Techflow Marine Senior Cup for the first time in twelve years last night, and winning goalscorer Jack Foalle has described the occasion “unbelievable”.

The ex-Whitley Bay marksman made it 2-1 at St. James’ Park in the second half of extra time with Morpeth and North Shields staring in the face of a penalty shootout in front of the 2,247 crowd.

“When I first signed here I said it would be a dream to play at St James so to score the winner is something on a whole different level to that” he said.  “It’s unbelievable.”

Liam Henderson opened the scoring for the Highwaymen just before half time and North Shields levelled in the second half through Craig Spooner.

It was in the 111th minute that Foalle was found at the far post following a Joe Walton header – the substitute making no mistake from close range.

“I knew we’d get a chance and I thought that had come just before the half time where they’d put one wide” added Foalle.

“I spoke to Joe [Walton] and we said that if he goes up for a header, I’m coming back and that was exactly what worked. He pulled the header back and I was there - it felt like an age to hit the back of the net!

“I didn’t know what to do after it. It was just one of those ‘head’s gone’ moments.”

After their County Cup success, the Highwaymen now look towards a top of the table clash against Pontefract Collieries – a game in which could decide the Northern Premier Division One East and one they will go into full of confidence after their St. James’ triumph.