Alnwick triumph with hard fought win
Alnwick finally pick up 3 points with a great hard fought win over Crook away from home.
Crook Town 1-2 Alnwick
Wright 30’- Jackson 23’, Hay 54’
By Media Officer, Mark Craggs.
The first goal was scored with 23 minutes gone, Darren Riddell’s shot from the edge of the box was too hot to handle for keeper Ryan Graham. Graham parried the ball straight to James Jackson who hit through a quickly formed crowd to put Alnwick one up.
The lead was rather short lived with Crook equalising in the 30th minute. A corner landed kindly at the feet of Jonathon Wright inside the six yard box. Wright fired home giving Callum Brooks no chance. Crook almost scored again as Callum Johnston hit a first time shot across goal but it flew just wide of the far post. Crook went close again after a series of defensive errors at the back for Alnwick, Damon Ellis was presented with an open goal, however awfully of balance the ball traveled very high and rather wide of the target, Alnwick got lucky.
Josh Hay went close to a debut goal in the first half as a bullet header from Thomas Butler’s corner was well saved. The score remained 1-1 as the game entered the break.
Jackson nearly added a second five minutes into the second half, his shot on the turn was saved by Graham from the bottom corner at the near post. The Alnwick lead was restored in the 54th minute as Josh Hay did get his debut goal with a calm finish, slotting his shot just under the keeper, after a great defence loosing through ball from Danny Lowes. 2-1 to Alnwick.
Jonathyn Quinn had a chance to add a third but his half volley was hit straight at Graham. With 10 minutes to go, Brooks saved Alnwick with an outstanding reaction save to a powerful header Crook skipper Jamie Tunstall. Hay could have netted a second after a good cross from deep by Lowes but a heavy first touch let him down and Graham collected. It wasn't to matter however as Alnwick took home all three points in and the first ones of Adam Laidlaw’s reign.
2-1 the final score, and Alnwick travel to Tow Law on Saturday looking for another 3 to make it a week to remember.
Brooks, Lowes, MacPherson, Straughan, K. Hogg, Riddell (Dixon 62’), Gair ©, Butler (T. Brown 67’), S. Hogg (Quinn 70’), Hay, Jackson
Subs Not Used- D. Brown, Glasper