Alnwick Battle to Victory against Albion
Manager Richie Mitchell secured his first 3 poitns as Town boss on Saturday at St James' Park, with a hard fought 3-2 win against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.
Alnwick made 5 changes to team that faced Durham City last weekend. Jake Lowes, Danny Lowes, Darren Riddell, James Jackson and Chris Graham coming in for Jordan Giles, Ross Straughan, Matty Graham, Dom Schiavetta and the departed Liam Brooks. There was also a change during the warm-up, with goalkeeper Sam Bouttell looking to have picked up an inury allowing Dom McMahon to regain his starting place.
In a game that had plenty of chances, Alnwick came closest first, James Jackson's efforts coming back off the post, and Josh Hay was unable to force home the rebound.
Alnwick took a deserved lead 5 minutes before half-time. Tom Macpherson headed the ball back across, and Josh Hay claimed a touch on the line to give the home side a 1-0 lead at the break.
The away side came out fighting in the 2nd half, and drew level after 55 minutes, and then almost took the lead straight away, a long range effort cannoned back off the post, a great effort.
But Alnwick weren't to be undone though. A ball into the box eventually fell to man of the match Ross Gair who shot into the roof of the net for 2-1.
Yellow cards were starting to fly around now, including one for a Ryton substitute for dissent.
Josh Hay was unlucky not to make it 3 as his toe-poked effort hit the post again, but Alnwick did get their 3rd through the ever-present Tony Brown, in what was almost a carbon copy of Gair's goal into the roof of the net.
Comfortable? Almost. Ryton were awarded a late penalty after a push in the box to make it 3-2, but Alnwick held on for a vital 3 points.
Team: McMahon D, Dundas L (Giles J), Lowes J, Macpherson T, Lowes D, Brown T, Gair R, Riddell D (Schiavetta D), Hay J, Jackson J (Morrison J), Graham C
Unused: Bouttell S
The Hotspur 1364 Man of the Match: Ross Gair
Cover photo by Steve Miller.
Next up - Willington at home, Saturday 10th December 2016, 3pm and St James' Park.