Alnwick U13 2 WBBC Blues U13 1
U13, League Two
Alnwick were back at home playing against Whitley Bay for the third time this season.
The previous two away matches had ended with wins to Alnwick and the lads made it three with a hard-fought victory.
Whitley Bay kicked off down the slope and were pressing forward from the kick-off, exerting a bit of early pressure and forcing a couple of corners. The back three of Crombie, Clark and Hogg were defending well though.
Moffat made a great save from a long-range strike from the Whitley midfielder.
Alnwick started to relieve the pressure and move forward with a few good passing moves. A good break up the left by T Robinson ended with a Murton strike well held by the Bay keeper.
Alnwick were being a little bit slack in their marking at times and Whitley were looking threatening. This resulted in the first goal following a through-ball, which was slotted in the corner (0-1).
This was a bit of a wake-up call for the lads and they started to up their game. From the kick-off, a great one-touch passing move between Symons Thorpe and L Robinson resulted in T Robinson bursting clear to hit an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net (1-1).
Alnwick were getting forward a lot more and forced a few corners, but the away defence was in no mood to concede. Cartwright came on to replace Crombie, who was carrying an injury, and was straight in the action, making a couple of sliding tackles.
The game was starting to get a bit tense with one or two hard challenges going in.
Alnwick, though, seemed to be the fitter team and were pressing forward. Muter and Symons were linking well and covering a lot of ground, putting Whitley Bay on the back-foot.
A good run by Connor on the left resulted in an Alnwick corner, which led to Alnwick’s second goal when up came Cartwright to turn and slide it into the bottom corner (2-1).
The game was starting to open up a bit and a few tired legs were starting to show after a tremendous effort by both teams. Alnwick saw the game out for an important win putting them on top of the league for the first time this season.
Alnwick: K Moffat, B Crombie, R Hogg, M Clark, W Symons, A, Connor, C Thorpe, C Muter, A, Murton, T Robinson, L Robinson, A Cartright. Man-of-the-match: Ant Connor great work rate and strong tackling.