It was a night to forget for Alnwick as they crashed out of the League Cup away to 1st Division Bedlington Terriers.
Alnwick welcomed back Tony Brown and Lee Dundas from long term injuries, and Luc Glasper made his first start for the club as a permanent signing, following a loan spell last season.
It was a nightmare start from the visitors though, with the home side taking the lead with less than 5 minutes on the clock. A corner was whipped in, and Keelan Nellis headed home unmarked to give the home side an early lead.
Alnwick responded well to the early setback, and chances from McClelland and Riddell were saved and missed the target.
It was McClelland who should have brought Alnwick back into the game in the 35th minute, but when through on goal, he found Frazier Nairn in fine form to keep the home side in front.
With half-time approaching, Bedlington extended their lead. A shot from distance by Adam Harvey seemed to creep into the far corner to double Bedlington’s lead. It was harsh on Alnwick who had matched the home side for the 45 minutes.
2nd half started the same as the first, and it was Nellis again with a header from a corner that Glasper couldn’t keep out to make it 3-0 in the 52nd minute.
McClelland headed just over as Alnwick looked to get back into the game, and made a double substitution to try and freshen things up, with Tony Brown and James Jackson being replaced by Kris Willis and David Brown (facing one of his former sides).
Bedlington were taking their chances though, and it was 4-0 just after the hour mark, with former Newcastle United forward Marc Walton drilling the ball home.
Jamie Dixon replaced Kieran Egen shortly after, and David Brown then went close but put his chance inches wide.
Walton got his 2nd and Bedlington’s 5th in the 75 minutes, and he then completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute to secure a 6-0 win for the home side.
McClelland, Brown and Riddell all had further efforts, but none were able to reduce the deficit. It was a night where Bedlington took their chances, and Alnwick just couldn’t take theirs.
The sides will meet again next month on the 7th October, after being drawn together in the Northumberland Senior Cup 1st Round.
Manager Jon Egen afterwards said, "We learned tonight about the importance of taking our chances and defending as a unit, as we did neither and Bedlington did both. We made too many individual errors and it's becoming a regular occurence so it's up to me as the manager to put it right. We will dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday at Whickham and try to replicate the good football that we played last night as we held our own in that department."
Team: Glasper, Straughan, Dundas, Macpherson, Egen, Willis J, Riddell, Gair, Brown T, Jackson, McClelland
Subs: Brown D (on for Jackson J), Willis K (on for Brown T), Dixon J (on for Egen)
Not used: Brooks, Briggs