Crook Town 2 v 2 Alnwick Town

August 24, 2017

A rocket fom Josh Hay gained Alnwick a point on the road away at Crook Town on Wednesday night, in a game that swung from end to end for 90 minutes providing great entertainment for the 116 in attendance.

Crook Town 2-2 Alnwick Town
Morris (40)   Young S (5)
Emms (43 pen)   Hay J (55)
Attendance 116    

In one change from the weekend’s draw against Tow Law Town, Josh Hay returned to the side in place on Dan Thompson who moved to the bench.

It took Alnwick only 5 minutes to break the deadlock, with Stephen Young grabbing his 4th goal from the club from close range. (0-1)

The game was end to end, with Crooks pacey wingers causing problems throughout the first half. Both sides were creating chances, with Alnwick’s final ball proving to just off the target with some cracking balls being delivered into the penalty area.

Crook were pushing for an equaliser and deservedly got one in the 40th minute. Morris scoring from close range after the build-up was allowed to carry on into the box unchallenged. (1-1)

With half time approaching and Crook dominating, they were awarded a penalty a minute before half time. Again no challenge for the ball was made until the attacker strolled into the box, only to be brought down by Straughan. Emms converted the penalty to put the home side ahead. (2-1)

Manager Richie Mitchell’s words of advice must have worked at half time, as Alnwick came out a different side. Laidlaw and Lowes were causing the Crook defence problems on the right hand side, and it was from here that Alnwick would draw level.

Another dangerous ball was whipped into the box and only partially cleared. The ball was played to Josh Hay, who nudged the ball away from the defender and hit an unstoppable effort which smashed in off the underside of the bar and in from 18 yards. A hell of a hit, and Alnwick were well and truly back in the game. (2-2)

The game was wide open, with both sides looking to hit on the counter attack. The young officials were being kept busy by plenty of fouls throughout the game, but to their credit they maintained control.

Both sides had further chances to get all 3 points, but again the final ball from both sides was just a whisker away. Douglas hit an effort from range off the sweet spot which just flew past the post, and Coyle and Lowes both put in late crosses into the box, but they just agonisingly missed Donohoe and Douglas flying into the box.

Like the Tow Law game, a point a fair result over the 90 minutes. Alnwick’s fitness levels proving their worth on a big pitch at Crook, and with players battling for places it’s been a postitive start to the season.

Team: Todd I, Lowes D, Hogg K, Straughan R, Macpherson T, Keenan A, Douglas R, Laidlaw C (Robson L), Young S (Donohoe D, Coyle L, Hay J (Thompson D)
Unused: Bell S, Jackson J

Next up – Alnwick travel to Thornaby on Saturday (3pm), and are at home to Jarrow on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm KO)