Leaders are pegged back in eight-goal thriller

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NORTHERN ALLIANCE, PREMIER DIVISION

Killingworth...4 Alnwick Town...4

ALNWICK were back in league action at Killingworth, a game that must have been in serious doubt had there been any further rain before the kick-off.

Alnwick were behind after one minute thanks to a superb strike from frontman Dun from 25 yards out that flew into the top corner.

Alnwick were shell shocked two minutes later when Bollado doubled Killy’s tally with another strike from the edge of the area which nestled in to the corner of the net.

Alnwick were thrown a life-line on 15 minutes. Tom Vickers was up-ended in the box when clean through. Ben Keenan stepped up and placed the spot-kick wide of the keeper.

Keenan had a good chance to bring the game level but shot over the bar with the keeper out of position.

Alnwick were fortunate on 30 minutes after poor marking from a corner, but the bar came to the rescue after a powerful header from Dunn.

Alnwick pressed but could not breach the resilient rearguard of the Killy defence.

The second half was always going to be a battle as the pitch cut up badly and Alnwick started the better and had the better early pressure. A deep cross to the back post and Dale Kennedy hit the bar with a powerful header.

Keenan seemed to do everything right under pressure on the edge of the area. With the keeper beaten, his shot went wide of the post.

Alnwick could not believe their luck after a counter-attack resulted in a cross into the area, which was turned into the net by Alnwick defender Neil Catlow.

Alnwick still pressed forward, Stephan Hogg braking through the home defence and being upended by the keeper only for play to be waved on.

Killy went further in front on 70 minutes, McAnespie breaking clear and curling the ball past Brooks in the Alnwick goal.

The game became more like a cup match after Gary Bails headed home at the back post from Scott McMullens’ free-kick.

It was all-out attack for the league leaders and McMullen raced in to the area from a wide position to hit a low shot across the keeper and in to the corner of the net. The game was wide open as Alnwick pushed for the equaliser, Brooks making two good stops to deny the home side.

With five minutes to go, Alnwick equalised after some good work on the edge of the penalty area by McMullen saw him square the ball to Chris Moffet who curled the ball past the keeper to level the game.

Alnwick could have clinched it in injury-time. Kennedy broke clear of his marker and, with the keeper to beat, his powerful shot from the edge of the area narrowly went over the crossbar.

A good game for the neutrals watching, with plenty of goals and incidents. Alnwick were admittedly not at their best but still managed to battle for what may be a valuable point come the end of the campaign.

Alnwick: B Brooks, D Lowes, N Catlow, G Bails, B Murray, C Moffet, S Hogg, M Cockburn, D Kennedy, T Vickers, B Keenan, M Armstrong, K Elliot, S McMullen, G Patterson. Pizza Royale man-of-the-match: Doug McEwan.