2019 Kicks Off With A Win
It was a debut to remember for Phil Airey who completed a first half hat-trick to set Alnwick Town on their way to a convincing 4-1 away win at Seaton Delaval AFC.
|Seaton Delaval AFC||1-4||Alnwick Town|
|Watchman J (80m)||Airey P (16, 21, 35m)|
|Threlfall J (72m)|
Many changes were made to the squad following the disappointing defeat to Cullercoats in the cup before Christmas. Notably a debut for Phil Airey who has signed from Red Row Welfare, and a place on the bench for Kieran Hogg making his long awaited comeback from injury having missed over a year of action.
It was a first half dominated by the visitors, and the early warning signs were there for the home side. Ryan Douglas having the first effort of the game drilled wide, followed by Jonny Colley being unlucky with a chipped effort just wide of the post.
16 minutes and Alnwick took the lead. Colley would play a through ball to strike partner Airey, who would see his effort saved, but the rebound came straight back to him and he made no mistake with the 2nd attempt. (0-1)
21 minutes and Alnwick doubled their lead. Another through ball to Airey who was causing the defence all sorts of problems, and he side footed past the keeper. (0-2).
Airey would have further chances to complete his hat-trick, both well saved by the keeper.
35 minutes and he wasn't to be denied. Jonathyn Quinn's inch perfect ball over the top found Airey in acres of space and made no mistake. 3 goals on debut and Alnwick crusing.
He would almost get his 4th before half time but headed just wide.
2nd half, and although Alnwick seemed to take their foot off the pedals, further chances kept coming. Ryan Douglaswould twice go close. The first a volley wide, and the second an effort cleared off the line.
Airey was substituted before the hour mark for Leon Migely. The record books to be checked for the last time a hat-trick was scored on debut.
Although the home side were coming into the game more, they were being frustrated by an Alnwick back line determined to keep a clean sheet. Balmbra and Lowes in the centre controlling the defence.
72 minutes in, and the game was sealed. Joe Threlfall picked up the ball outisde of the area, and curled a left footed shot into the top corner. Brilliant goal from the young lad. (0-4)
It was the least Joe had deserved, he and Eastlake on the wings had caused problems for the fullbacks all day.
A late penalty converted by Watchman was the only dampener on the day to give Delaval a consolation goal in the 80th minute.
Evan McEwan would gain further first team minutes, along with Kieran Hogg for the final 5.
A very positive start to 2019. Next up, away to AFC Killingworth.
Team: Brooks C, Drummond A, Pickard J, Quinn J, Balmbra B, Lowes D, Eastlake D, Douglas R (Muter C), Airey P (Midgely L), Colley J (McEwan E), Threlfall J (Hogg K)
Unused: Yeadon P
Photos by Jason Sumner