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Alnwick Town 1 - 4 Hebburn Town

January 8, 2017
Alnwick Town 1 - 4 Hebburn Town

Alnwick were victims once again of the own mistakes as Hebburn went away comfortable winners from St James' Park.

In a first half largely dominated by the away side, it took a stunning save by McMahon to prevent Hargrave from opening the scoring in the 15th minute, tipping the header over the bar.

It wasn't long until the away side took advantage though. A ball in the box wasn't cleared, and a curling strike from Adam Rundle into the top corner beat McMahon (0-1).

Ryan Douglas went close for Alnwick fizzing an effort just wide from distance, and then Hebburn rattled the cross bar with everyone looking on.

Despite a poor first half, Alnwick somehow went in at half time level. A quick breakaway eventually fell to Chris Graham to side-foot home past Hubery (1-1).

2nd half Alnwick came out better, no doubt with their ears a bit warmer from a half-time team talk from the manager.

Josh Hay almost gave Alnwick the lead. Great build-up play put the striker through on goal, but he saw his effort go inches wide.

Hebburn took advantage though, and a defensive mistake allowed Hargrave in on goal and he made no mistake against McMahon to make it 1-2.

Channon North then got in on his usual 'score against Alnwick' routine, as the visitors threatened to inflict a heavy defeat on the home side, with North tapping in from close range.

Richie Mitchell made a double change and formation change, appearing to go with 3 upfront to try and salvage something from the game. Headers from Macpherson and Miller went agonisingly wide for the home side in the closing stages, and Hay had an effort well saved, but it was Hebburn who would secure the victory courtesy of substitute Jason Blackburn with only a couple of minutes to go (1-4).

Both sides missed their own chances, but Alnwick were victims of their own mistakes being punished by Hebburn who were worthy winners on the day.

Team: McMahon, Lowes D, Giles J, Macpherson T, Douglas R, Graham M (Henderson J), Brown T, Gair R, Hay J, Graham C (Jackson J), Riddell D (Miller J).
Unused: Bouttell S, Lowes J

Match Sponsor: Lionheart Garage. Thank you for your support.
Attendance: 71

Match photos courtesy of Twitter's JVM53313942

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