Crook party on the Town

STL NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION TWO

Alnwick Town...1 Crook Town...5

A SECOND heavy defeat at home in four days saw Alnwick Town slip to fifth in the table, having played several more games than all the teams around them.

Off the back of the 3-0 defeat to then league leaders Darlington on Saturday, Town were looking to bounce back against Crook Town on Tuesday night but sadly it was not to be.

And now the St James’ Park side’s early season spark, which saw them lead the league for a time, seems fairly distant with no wins in their last six games.

Indeed, three home defeats has seen the side take just three points from a possible 18, not nearly enough now they are back playing with the big boys in the STL Northern League.

Division Two may have seemed relatively comfortable in August when Town went on a four-match unbeaten run to open their account.

Against Darlo on Saturday, Alnwick were second best and the same was true as Crook Town went nap on a windy night at St James’s Park.

The away side had Richard Hodgson, with two, an own-goal from Tom Vickers, Robert Bird and Kevin Devine to thank as they romped to their third away win of the season, which sees them climb into the top half of the table.

Neil Catlow hit a consolation goal for Town but one goal in response to eight conceded in two home games is a poor return.

Town will be looking to regain some of their August spirit and fight to get a victory this Saturday at Esh Winning but that will be no mean feat against a side sitting one place and one point above them, who are unbeaten in three in league and cup.

However the days of playing Tuesday and Saturday every week is over, so at least Alnwick will have a full seven days to recover before their home tie with bottom club Horden CW on Saturday, September 24.

The County Durham club’s form is even worse than Alnwick’s, having lost their last three in all competitions.

And with only one win under their belt all season, against Morpeth Town, Alnwick will have to make sure they take three points.

l Next fixtures:

Saturday, September 17:

Esh Winning (A; 3pm)

Saturday, September 24: Horden CW (H; 3pm)

Wednesday, September 28: Easington Colliery (A; 7.30pm)