Brandon United 0 v 3 Alnwick Town
Alnwick Town finally got 3 points, their first win since August and their first on the road this season away to fellow strugglers Brandon United.
|Brandon United||0 v 3||Alnwick Town|
|Young S (2)|
In a much changed squad due to injuries and work commitments, Alnwick called up 3 youngsters from the Reserve side, with starting places for Joe Pickard and Liam Cravagan. Dan Mullen would also start in goal, making his 2nd debut for the club following his transfer from Heaton Stannington during the week.
(0-1) Alnwick would take the lead in the 15th minute of the game. A Darren Riddell cross was met by striker Stephen Young who made no mistake to put the away side ahead.
Brandon created half chances, but the away side were in control.
(0-2) The lead was doubled 3 minutes before the interval. Philip Bright, who was tormenting the Brandon back four, skipped past 2 defenders and cross for Chris Laidlaw who stretched his leg far enough to guide the ball into the back of the net. A deserved 2 goal lead at the break.
Brandon changed tactics in the 2nd half pushing 3 players upfront, but the Alnwick backline led by captain Riddell was holding firm.
(0-3) The 3 points were secured in the 80th minute. A Brandon corner was brought away by Pickard, who fed Bright down the left. His cross field ball fell to Young who shot low into the bottom corner to the delight of the away players and spectators.
Well done to the young lads. Great to see juniors making the transition from junior football into the Reserves and now 1st Team.
Team: Mullen D, Riddell D, Pickard J, Fearns-Kennedy B, Sands K, Robson L, Brown T, Bright P, Young S, Cravagan L (Threlfall J), Laidlaw C
Unused: Brotherick S, Hodgson R, Lowes J
Next up - Blyth AFC at home on Saturday 4th November, 3pm KO at St James' Park.
Thanks once again to Jay Sumner of the 472 for the photos.