Back To Back Wins For The Wick
Alnwick Town secured a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Seaton Delaval on Saturday at St James' Park.
|Alnwick Town||3-0||Seaton Delaval|
|Cunningham C (18, 59m)|
|Threlfall J (90m)|
A new era is certainly underway at St James' Park, with Saturday's goals scored by lads born in 2000 and 2001. It's enough to make the report writer feel old never mind some of the more experienced players!
Alnwick were looking to record back to back victories for the first time since the opening 2 games of the season.
An early injury in the game forced Ross Moore off to be replaced by Scott Maddison in the 14th minute.
Alnwick had the lead just 4 minutes later. Cameron Cunningham struck a left foot shot into the top corner from around 18 yards out which left the keeper with absolutely no chance. A cracking strike once again from the young lad. (1-0)
Brad McClelland came close to doubling Alnwick's lead on a couple of occasions, drilling wide with a left foot shot, and then somehow seeing a header go back across goal following good work by Jonny Colley down the right wing.
Half an hour into the game and Seaton Delaval were almost back in it. A quick break up the hill, followed by a cross whipped in for Beadling who headed his effort off the underside of the bar and away.
The away side were also denied a penalty. Gibbons going down under challange from Colley, but the referee wasn't impressed and waved away the appeals.
The game had been stop start for the opening 44 minutes, endless fouls and offsides, which was causing some to lose their heads. Right before half time, Delaval's right back Pilatos was booked for dissent. Around a minute later he cynically brought an Alnwick attack to a halt, and was duly shown a 2nd yellow card. Again the away bench voiced their frustrations towards the officials, but he had little choice but to show the red card. Half time and 1-0 to the home side.
2nd half, and although Delaval had the opening chance, it was Alnwick who got their 2nd of the game. Brad McClelland found space on the edge of the box to shoot, only to see his effort parried into the path of Cunningham to tap in his 2nd of the game. Appeals for offside waved away, further adding to the tension of the away side. (2-0)
A host of substitutions followed from both sides as the clock ticked down. Bookings for the home side for Douglas and Schiavetta amongst a couple more for the visitors.
In the 84th minute goalscorer Cameron Cunningham was replaced by Joseph Threlfall, and he finished the game off in the 90th minute, finishing off from Ryan Douglas' through ball. (3-0)
Comfortable for the home side who never got fully going, and a clean sheet to see our goal difference return to a plus number.
Team: Brooks C, Henderson J, Pickard J, Douglas R, Dundas L, Balmbra B, Moore R (Maddison S (Muter C)), Quinn J (Midgely L), McClelland B, Colley J (Schiavetta D), Cunningham C (Threlfall J)
The Hotspur 1364 man of the match: Cameron Cunningham
Next up - Newcastle East End in the League Cup, Saturday 22nd November 1:30pm KO.
Photos by Steve Miller.