Longhoughton record narrow victory in derby encounter

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Alnwick U11 0 Longhoughton U11 1

Pin Point U11 League

Longhoughton fought until the bitter end on derby day to come away with all three points in a very competitive match.

Alnwick will feel hard done by, having played the whole game with eight players in the nine-a-side match.

League leaders Longhoughton were well organised and had far more depth than Alnwick, naming four substitutes.

The visitors were on top in early exchanges with both teams trying hard to move the ball about. Eggleston had good possession and two shots from long-range, both narrowly missing. Apart from this, both keepers were very much spectators in the first half, which ended 0-0.

The second half started very much as the first ended, with good possession for the visitors but with no penetration. Alnwick’s man-of-the-match Tom Forster was very impressive at the centre of defence, supported by Harry Felton.

However, with eight minutes remaining, the visitors were awarded a penalty when the referee adjudged a handball by an Alnwick player in the box. Eggleston duly dispatched the spot-kick to give the visitors the lead.

Alnwick continued to battle with Joe Aynsley superb in attack, battling throughout the game with little support.

Alnwick’s misery continued as they ended the game with seven players when James Crisp-Saunders limped off.