Students Hit Alnwick For Five
Keith Douglas returned to Alnwick Town on Saturday, bringing his Newcastle University side with him, and it was clear to see they will be the team to beat this season in the Northern Alliance.
|Alnwick Town||0-5||Newcastle University|
|Chilufya N (14m, 50m)|
|Douglas K (74m)|
|Scott L (86m, 90m)|
Newcastle University arrived at St James' Park on saturday averaging 5 goals a game in the league this season, and that record was maintained as they claimed a comfortable 3 points to extend their lead at the top of the table.
It was a disappointing afternoon for the home side, who failed to trouble visiting keeper Macleod over the 90 minutes.
The early warning signs were there for Alnwick when Laidler fizzed an effort just wide in the opening minutes.
The Uni took the lead in the 14th minute. Niza Chilfuya given space to open the scoring. (1-0).
Paul Muers was forced off early in the game and was replaced by Craig Muter.
Alnwick's 2 first half chances fell to Moore and Drummond, but both efforts were high and over the bar.
The visitors would have the ball in the net another 2 times in the first half, but fortunately for Alnwick both were disallowed for earlier fouls.
Daniel Donohoe had Alnwick's best chance, following good build up play he fired an effort across goal and wide of the post. Half Time 0-1.
5 minutes into the 2nd half and Chilfuya scored his 2nd of the game, this time a header. (0-2)
Subs for Alnwick saw Jason Imeson come on to make his debut, and Brandon Mallaburn again making the step up from the Development Squad.
Mallaburn almost got Alnwick back into the game. Driving at the defence, his right foot effort would clip the outside of the post.
The game was virtually sealed with 15 minutes to play. Keith Douglas finding space at the back post to tap in on his return. (0-3)
Substitute Lee Scott would complete the scoring for the visitors in the final few minutes with 2 cracking left foot efforts giving Brooks no chance. (0-4, 0-5).
A quite dominant display from the visitors who will prove difficult to beat on that performance. Scoring plenty and tight at the back. Definite title favourites in the early stages of the season.
Team: Brooks C, Henderson J, Lowes J, Burns K (Imeson J), Balmbra B, Pickard J, Donohoe D (Mallaburn B), Drummond A (Cravagan L), Maddison S, Moore R, Muers P (Muter C)
Unused: Slack T
Thanks to Match Sponsor - Northern Structures Limited for their support once again.
Thanks once again to Steve Miller and Jonny Mason for the match photos.