Alnwick win two on the bounce with big win at Stokesley
Steve Mullen made it two wins out of two on Saturday as Alnwick put six past bottom side Stokesley writes Media Officer Mark Craggs.
Stokesley 0-6 Alnwick Town
Jackson 29’, Riddell 45’, Robson 64’, Dixon 73’, Brown 79’, 90+1
The game got off to a very slow start with the wind causing havoc throughout the entire game but taking a while to get used to.
Stokesley had the first chance in the 15th. Josh Smith had the first of the two as he was unchallenged and given room to get forward, however when the shot came it was rushed by Smith and sliced well wide.
With just under half an hour down Alnwick had their first opportunity and it was the one that opened the scoring. Rob Baker swong a low free kick into the near post. James Jackson flicked the ball home cleverly to put the visitors 1-0 up.
36 minutes down and Alnwick looked to add a second. Hitting Stokesley on a counter attack Jordan Miller flicked the ball onto Lewis Robson. Robson hit the ball after one bounce across goal, but it couldn’t find its way inside the post. On the stroke of halftime skipper Ross Gair whipped a ball in behind the defence for the run of Jackson. The first goalscorer tried to use the bounce of the ball to lob the keeper while under pressure from a centre half but the ball had a bit too much height findings its way just over the top.
Alnwick did eventually make the pressure pay with the last kick of the half. Lewis Robson crossed towards Jordan Miller. The striker ducked leaving the ball to run nicely for Darren Riddell. He smashed home first time on the bounce to double Alnwick's advantage and send them in 2-0 at halftime.
It was a quick start for Alnwick looking for a third. James Jackson worked hard to steal the ball but when in a position for an end product he decided to cross instead of shoot. The cross had just too much for Miller to get on the end of. Determined for a goal Jordan Miller flicked the ball beyond and outmuscled the centre half but his shot was well saved by the knee of keeper Dan Bowman.
With 20 minutes of the second half done Alnwick did grab a third. The Stokesley keeper threw the ball out to Clayton McDonald. The poor throw was then teamed with a heavy touch handing possession to Lewis Robson. He lobbed from range over the out of position keeper adding a goal to his earlier assist, 3-0 with 25 minutes remaining.
The fourth was added in spectacular fashion, Robson’s low free kick around the wall was spilled by the goalkeeper. Substitute Jamie Dixon was turned on to the opportunity, bundling the ball over the line just inside the post. 4-0 with 73 minutes on the clock.
The fifth was actually spectacular. Tony Brown won the ball on the halfway line before well and truly beating at least four Stokesley defenders. He then slotted calmly under the keeper who had flown out to try and stop the run. The ball found the bottom corner to take the score to 5-0.
Miller’s luck was still out as Alnwick went on the look out for number six. Jamie Dixon did brilliantly to keep a heavy ball down the line in play before finding Miller with a pinpoint cross. Miller took a good first touch but completely under hit the shot under pressure from several defender, giving Bowman his easiest job of the day.
The rout was complete with the last kick of the second half, Robson once again the provider with Brown running onto his cross. Brown flicked past a defender and hit a left foot shot into the floor and out of the reach of the keeper. Brown’s second made it 6-0 with 91 minutes in the clock and that's how it finished with an almost instant whistle from the ref.
Now two on the spin for the new coaching set up at Alnwick and attention will now turn to what will be viewed as another winnable fixture at home to 15th place Brandon United.
Alnwick Town- Glasper, Lowes (Douglas 73’), MacPherson, K. Hogg, Baker, Robson, Gair ©, Brown, Riddell (Dixon 67’), Jackson (Schiavetta 64’), Miller
Subs Not Used- Brooks
Photos copyright of Jason Sumner