Last week’s famous win against high-flying Norton and Stockton Ancients couldn’t inspire a change in fortune as Alnwick Town lost 2-1 on their travels this afternoon.
Last Saturday’s 4-3 victory, which saw the St James’ Park side came back from 2-0 and then 3-1 down, appeared to be inspired by one of Alnwick’s finest ever full-backs, Eric Hately, who passed away earlier this month, after both teams observed a minute’s silence at the start of the game, which was also watched by Eric’s son Peter.
Unfortunately, today’s trip to mid-table Ryhope CW was a more familiar story for Town in Ebac Northern League, Division Two – particularly in 2015, which has seen them return four points from a possible 21.
A windy and wild Wearside day saw the home side dominate the first half, but fail to capitalise. However, a quickfire double midway through the second period was enough to secure the three points.
Nathan O’Neill opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Connor Winter fired into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
In the final 10 minutes, Alnwick hit the crossbar, in what was their first serious effort on goal, before converting a last-minute penalty.