Bank Holiday Hangover for Alnwick Town
Two goals in the opening 5 minutes of the 2nd half proved to decisive as Heaton Stannington came away with 3 points from St James' Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
Alnwick came into the game off the back of another high scoring victory this season, winning 6-2 at Crook Town on Saturday. A number of changes were made, with Darren Riddell filling in at full-back, and forward Jordan Millar playing at centre-back due to defensive injuries and absences.
The early stages of the game same chances for both sides, Liam Brooks having Alnwick's first effort saved, and Gary Yates dragging an effort wide for the visitors.
Two big chances fell Alnwick's way, but Brooks was unable to beat the on rushing Smith, and then Josh Hay hit a half volley into the side netting.
Further chances came and went for both sides, but neither side was able to capitalise going into the break with the score 0-0.
2nd half though, saw Heaton Stannington come flying out of the blocks. Dominic McMahon produced a fine save, but ary Yates was able to tap the ball in the break the deadlock.
Alnwick were still asleep, and Dan Robinson made it 2 just a couple of minutes later, racing through to finish into the bottom corner.
Heaton almost had a 3rd straight after, but Alnwick's defence was able to clear off the line.
The home side gradually got back into the game, making substitutions to try and change the game and salvage something. Efforts from Millar and Hay were well saved, but Millar would get Alnwick back into it with 5 minutes to go. Chris Graham's corner was volley into the ground by Millar and bounced in.
The home side pushed but couldn't create another opening, and the game ended 2-1 to Heaton Stannington.
Next up, Alnwick travel to Hebburn Town on Saturday 3rd September, and then face Esh Winning at home on Tuesday night 6th September.
Team: McMahon, Riddell, Graham C, Millar, Macpherson (Giles), Gair, Jackson (Graham M), Brown, Schiavetta (Aisbitt), Hay, Brooks L
Unused: Bouttell, Dixon