A NIGHTMARE first half consigned Warrington Town to a heavy pre-Christmas defeat at Morpeth Town.

Yellows were already a goal down when Bohan Dixon was shown a ninth-minute red card for an off-the-ball incident.

Carl Finnigan, Liam Henderson and Jeff Henderson added further first-half goals for the Highwaymen to go with Liam Noble's early opener as the Northumbrians ruthlessly took advantage of their vulnerable visitors.

While Yellows improved after the break, their misery was compounded when Mitch Duggan was dismissed in injury time.

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Match facts:

BetVictor Northern Premier Division

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Morpeth Town...4 Warrington Town...0

Morpeth Town: Lowson, Williams (Robson), Reid, Noble, J Henderson, Forster, Walton, Hodgson (Sayer), L Henderson, Finnigan (Foalle), Phillips. Subs not used: Turnbull, Mohammed

Goalscorers: Noble (3), Finnigan (22), L Henderson (30), J Henderson (37)

Bookings: Noble

Warrington Town: McMillan, Duggan, Barnes (Warren), Sephton, Roberts, Duffus, Mackreth, Garrity, Gray (Richards), Dixon, Dunn (Vassallo). Subs not used: Banister

Goalscorers:

Bookings: Gray

Red card: Dixon, Duggan

Half time: 4-0