Late Winner For Killingworth
Alnwick were denied what would have been a well earned point as AFC Killingworth struck twice in the final 10 minutes to secure a 3-2 win.
|AFC Killingworth||3-2||Alnwick Town|
|Lamb (15m)||Airey P (42m)|
|Morien (81, 85m)||Colley J (73m)|
After a heavy defeat earlier in the season in a cup contest, Alnwick were looking to restore some pride and prove that the result did not reflect the current progress that the club has been making on the pitch.
Alnwick fielded a strong side, the only change to the starting 11 being Cunningham coming in for Threlfall who would start from the bench.
In what would prove to be a game disrupted heavily by the strong winds, it was the hosts that took the lead in the 15th minute. A cross to the far post would find Lamb in space to head home from close range. (1-0)
Alnwick, kicking with the wind, would then start to create chances. Jonathyn Quinn fired just over from range, and Phil Airey was denied when 1 on 1 with the keeper.
Callum Brooks was then called into action to deny the league's leading scorer Morien.
Wingers Eastlake and Cunningham both had chances, cutting inside but put efforts wide and high, not testing the keeper in the difficult conditions.
Airey was to have one final chance of the half, and he took it. Played through 1 on 1 again, he out-muscled the centre half to slide the ball passed the onrushing goalkeeper. 1-1 and back in the game.
That was to be Airey's final input on the game, Threlfall his replacement at half time.
Lamb almost got his 2nd of the game shortly after the restart but saw his effort come back off the crossbar.
Drummond and Eastlake were replaced by Dundas and Henderson for fresh legs, as Morien fired another chance wide much to the dismay of his teammates and dugout.
The chances were made to pay as Alnwick took the lead in the 73rd minute. A brilliant piece of build-up play found Ryan Douglas, who put in a low cross to the far post for Jonathan Colley to smash home. A great goal and Alnwick were ahead for the first time. (1-2)
Alnwick were trying to counter attack as Killingworth pushed men forward, and Threlfall was next to go close but his effort was over the bar.
Killingworth could count themselves lucky to remain with 11 men on the pitch as Danny Lowes was cynically brought down by Scott. He received a yellow card, and then followed with 2 elbows to Colley and Cunningham, both going unpunished. Disappointing that neither were deemed as fouls or seen by the officials.
The final 10 minutes and Killingworth's pressure would eventually tell. Morien converting from tap-ins in the 81st and 85th minute, despite calls for offside the 3rd would somehow count and Killingworth's lead was restored. Unnecesaary scenes on the touchline from the home dugout following both goals running along the touchline to the away dugout. (3-2)
Henderson would have Alnwick's final chance, but he dragged his effort just wide of the near post.
A hell of an effort from the away side who on another day may well have come away with 3 points.
Team: Brooks C, Drummond A (Dundas L), Pickard J, Quinn J, Balmbra B, Lowes D, Eastlake D (Henderson J), Douglas R, Airey P (Threlfall J), Colley J, Cunningham C
Unused: Muter C, McEwan E
Photos by Jason Sumner