Alnwick Town U21...3 Shilbottle CW...4
Bilclough Cup Round One
SHILBOTTLE made hard work of edging past their Second Division opponents in this derby.
The Colliers opened brightly enough and took the lead after 15 minutes.
A good run down the right by Andy Metcalf saw his cut-back cross thumped into the top corner of the net by Phil Grey from the edge of the box.
However, Alnwick hit back within a couple of minutes when a drive from Peter Murray found the bottom corner.
Phil Grey struck a post as the Colliers fought back but the interval arrived with the scores level.
Following the restart, the home side quickly moved ahead.
Another fine strike from Peter Murray put them in front and when Danny Donohoe struck home a free-kick on the hour mark, they were firmly in the driving seat.
The Colliers finally came to life and almost got back into the game when Alan Wallace struck the cross bar and James Jackson had a strong header blocked on the line.
They did pull back a goal on 65 minutes when an Andy Metcalf free kick found James Jackson who shot home to give the Colliers a lifeline.
It was all Shilbottle at this stage and they should have drawn level when Andy Metcalf missed a good opportunity from a couple of yards.
The referee missed a blatant handball on the line to deny them a penalty but they finally drew level on 75 mintues when Richard Brown broke clear for the home defence to finish well.
The Colliers pressed on and got the winner five minutes from time.
James Jackson picked up a loose ball just inside the Alnwick half and went past three defenders before rounding the home keeper and shooting home from a tight angle.
There was still time for Josh Rutherford in the Shilbottle goal to pull off a great double save to prevent Alnwick from retrieving the game as the Colliers held on.
Shilbottle: J Rutherford, A Gattens, J Lewney, C Bell, D Lillico, A Metcalf, M Brown, P Grey, J Jackson, R Brown, A Wallace.Shilbottle man-of-the-match: Phil Grey.