ON Saturday Northern men’s first XI travelled to face lowly Wrexham.
Northern were missing two of their key players from recent weeks – Mark Watts and Paul Burns, who has now moved to London with work and everyone at the club wishes him well.
With a few people missing, coach Halpin decided to mix a few things up.
The plan backfired and Northern started badly, going two goals behind after just five minutes.
Credit where credit is due – Northern did not panic and they stuck to their game plan and reacted in style.
In 10 first-half minutes, Northern ran riot putting four goals past the Wrexham keeper.
Alex March got the first continuing his great run of form.
Jay Batty netted the equaliser before strikes from Adam Batty and Will Beeching put Northern ahead.
Wrexham got one back just before the break to set up a tense second-half with the score at 4-3 to the Merseysiders.
In the second-half Northern had complete control of the game, with Daly, in the Northern goal not having a save to make.
However despite all their possession and their chances it took Northern until five minutes from time before they regained their two goal cushion.
Another well-worked penalty corner meant that Adam Batty had the easiest of jobs steering the ball home and taking a well-deserved three points.
This week Northern travel to table-topping Lytham St Anne's looking to make it three wins from three.
NORTHERN men’s seconds drew 1-1 with local rivals Southport in a fairly uneventful game.
Northern conceded the first goal after some slack defending but did manage to quickly level matters after a short corner was finally converted from close range by goal poacher Phil Kyle.
In the second-half Northern had to soak up a great deal of Southport pressure but the defence did well and they did not concede any further goals.
Unfortunately, Northern did not apply too much pressure on the Southport goal and the game ended all square at 1-1.
Northern face an away trip to Kendal this weekend, weather permitting.
ELSEWHERE, the men’s third team lost 3-1 at Urmston and the ladies second XI were blanked 6-0 by Liverpool Sefton.
The ladies first XI carried on their good run of form with a 2-0 win at home to Garstang Ladies.