Alnwick Town suffered a second-half nightmare as high-flying Hebburn Town battled back to win 5-1 in a controversial Northern League, Division Two clash this evening.
The black ’n’ whites had taken the lead five minutes before the interval thanks to a penalty by Keith Douglas, after Adam Shanks was fouled in the box following a mazy run.
But the game was turned on its head 13 minutes into the second period when Alnwick’s Ross Straughan was sent off for bringing down the Hebburn player, and the visitors were awarded a penalty, although it appeared that the initial incident had happened outside the box.
Alnwick keeper Dan Mullen saved the penalty, but Shaun Reay crashed in the rebound. Things got worse for Alnwick a few minutes later when Callum Smith capitalised on an error to put Hebburn in front.
Tall target man Channon North then scored a brace for the visitors, before Calvin McMahon completed the scoring in injury time.
The win ensured Hebburn maintained their unbeaten start to the league season. Alnwick meanwhile turn their attention to their home match against Seaham Red Star on Saturday at 3pm.