Willington 1 Alnwick Town 1
Alnwick Town maintained their unbeaten away run this season as they took a point at Willington on Saturday.
After a cagey opening 45 minutes, an own-goal put them ahead before the home side drew level with a penalty.
The black ‘n’ whites may have been disappointed with the award of a dubious spot-kick, but the hosts had already missed from 12 yards in the first half.
The visitors kicked off with the wind at their backs heading down the slope and in the first 10 minutes Alnwick were finding it difficult as any long balls raced away down the slope.
The first attack from Willington resulted in a penalty, but Seymour stepped up and struck the ball wide of the right post.
Chances were relatively few and far between after that, but Town’s Kieran Hogg struck a swerving shot in the 35th minute, just swinging wide with the home keeper Ryan Mundel a spectator.
Alnwick ended the first half in attack when a Hogg free-kick on the right found Tony Brown racing in to head just over.
After the interval, control was easier against the wind and in the 50th minute Peter Murray attacked down the right beating two defenders with ease only to see his shot go just wide. James Jackson followed this up with a clean header.
Then the home side broke the deadlock, but not in the way they wanted, when Stephen Howe headed a looping ball from a Hogg free-kick up and over his own keeper.
Willington’s second chance from the spot came when Jason White cut into the box, fell over his own feet while turning and Adam Sake tucked it away.
They pushed more players up in the last 10 minutes with one real scare for the Town defence when Alex Makin had to clear off the line.
Last night, Town were on their travels again as they faced fellow mid-tablers Brandon United. See the Gazette website for the result.
On Saturday, it’s back at St James’ Park for a clash with Bradford-based Albion Sports in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase, kick-off 3pm. Next Tuesday, Alnwick host Jarrow Roofing BCA at home, kick-off 7.30pm.
Team: D Mullen, D Hills, T McPherson, Peter Murray (P Murray), K Elliott (Kidd), A Makin, T Brown, K Hogg, J Jackson, D Kennedy, J Lowes. Subs: T Truscott, L Fuller.