Alnwick Town went close to scoring a famous victory at Whitley Bay tonight, eventually succumbing to the four-time FA vase winners deep into extra-time.
The north Northumberland side, who play in Division Two of the Northern League, lost 6-4 in the quarter-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at Hillheads Park this evening.
If they had progressed, it could have set up a glamour tie with Newcastle United’s U21 side who were 7-0 winners over Team Northumbria tonight.
The visitors had a dream start as they went two-up thanks to a Brad McClelland shot and an Adam Shanks tap-in shortly after.
The Northern League, Division One side pulled one back via a close-range header at the back post before McClelland’s second of the night restored Town’s two-goal cushion.
However, after the break the home side stepped it up a gear and got back level with around 20 minutes to go. They continued to press and then showed their pedigree – which saw them win the FA Vase at Wembley in 2009, 2019 and 2011 – to take the lead for the first time.
But the drama wasn’t done in North Tyneside as Shanks popped up with a header to level the scores and take it to extra-time.
The first half of the extra 30 minutes came and went, but then as the seconds ticked away, Whitley Bay took the lead before notching a sixth to add insult to injury.
Alnwick Town will look to bounce back quickly as they have another big cup tie to look forward to on Saturday, this time at home as they host St Helens in the second round proper of the FA Vase at St James’ Park. The last time the club reached this stage of the competition was the 1975/76 season.