Whickham the guests on Saturday
Alnwick will face a tough test as they play host to an in form Whickham side in a clash that has an outside importance to several players and management writes Media Officer Mark Craggs.
Alnwick will be looking to bounce back from a defeat in their previous game two weeks ago as Tow Law Town ran out 3-1 winners against the Northumbrian side. However the performance was pleasing and confidence is still reasonably high after the 2-1 win at Crook in the midweek before the Tow Law clash.
Whickham will also be high on confidence after an impressive 3-0 home win over Heaton Stannington last Friday, which has saw them win three games in the last four games (with the defeat being an inevitable defeat to South Shields). The Home Guard’s recent form sees them sit fourth in the form guide with four wins, two draws and only the one defeat in the last six, seeing them climb to 13th in the overall Northern League Division Two table. 25 year-old striker Mark Fitzpatrick is the top scorer for Whickham this season netting 10 league goals in 24 games, picking up one in that win over Heaton.
The outside interest of the game comes from the clash of work-mates in the game. Alnwick’s players and Newcastle United Women’s team managers Thomas Butler (first team) and Andrew Inness (Development team) as well as our manager Adam Laidlaw (women’s team coach) and myself (women’s team match reporter) face up against the Women’s development team assistant manager and Whickham keeper Alex Curran for the first time since Laidlaw’s management and subsequent signings happened. Assistant manager of Alnwick Ross Flintoft is also a work colleague of Curran’s.
Alnwick have a strong squad for the clash, however training has been hindered over the last week with the midweek cancellation of the Esh Winning game to blame, however the lads will be determined to repeat the result of the Crook game in their first game back at St. James’ Park since.
Come along and support the lads as they search for the first home win of Laidlaw’s reign. Kick-off is 3pm at St. James’ Park.