Newcastle University v Alnwick Town - Match Preview
|Northern Alliance Premier Division|
|Newcastle University v Alnwick Town|
|Saturday 20th April 2019 - 2:30pm KO|
|Kimberly Park, NE42 5EH|
By Ben Swain
Each match could be classed as a cup final, currently for Alnwick’s hosts on Saturday, Newcastle University.
The University recently won the Reeves Independent Dobbins League Cup, after extra-time, but their season is far from over.
They beat Cullercoats in the final, 4-3 after playing 120 minutes, but haven’t faired so successfully in the league as of late.
A 2-1 defeat to now league leaders, AFC Killingworth, followed the previous 2-1 defeat against Gateshead Rutherford, to remain the University with just one victory in their last four league matches.
Top scorers in the league, previous results include score-lines of 7-0, 8-1, 8-0 and 9-1. Their defence, the second best in the league, has averaged just one goal conceded per game.
The Town, however, have scored at least two in each of their last four games. It hasn’t been as positive at the back, however, having conceded 12 during that time, losing three times.
Both Lee Dundas and Brendan Balmbra returned to the defence for the first time in three matches, to face Newcastle Chemfica last time out.
While both full-backs, Henderson and Hogg, also returned to the starting line-up against Chemfica, this was the first time the centre-back pairing had featured since the victory over Wallington.
The opposition – Newcastle University:
2nd - P: 26 W: 21 D: 2 L: 2 GF: 120 GA: 26
Head to Head
Alnwick were on the end of a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture between these two sides, with the result ending 5-0 to the University.
Current form (1st result is most recent):
Newcastle University – DLLWD
Alnwick Town - LLLWL
Alnwick Team News
Drew Eastlake is the only doubt for Alnwick after being forced off due to an injury against Newcastle Chemfica in the last match.
Ones to watch
Newcastle Uni – Niza Chilufya: There’s no doubt why Newcastle Uni are the top scorers in the division with this guy in the side. Averaging just less than two goals a game, had Chilufya played every game at the same scoring record, he would currently be leading the scoring charts. In fact, having played just 18 times, Chilufya is the second top scorer in the league with 35 goals.
Alnwick Town – Philip Airey: Bagged two for himself in his side’s last game but could have had more. Back amongst the goals for the first time in three games, Airey was in the mood in his last appearance, scoring two and having two disallowed. Don’t be disappointed to see Alnwick deploy this guy spearheading the attack alone, for his ball control and technical ability means he is a match for any defender one on one.