Second defeat in a row hands initiative at top to Ponteland

Chris Moffet.  Alnwick Town v Seaton Delaval. Steve Miller

Chris Moffet. Alnwick Town v Seaton Delaval. Steve Miller

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ALNWICK Town suffered their second defeat in three days to dent their title aspirations.

The St James’ Park side, who lost to Walker Central on Saturday, fell to a 1-0 loss at home to Seaton Delaval Amateurs on Monday.

Craig Cook’s goal after 10 minutes won it for the visitors, after he pounced on indecision in the Alnwick defence and slotted past keeper Brian Brooks.

It meant that second-placed Town fell four points behind league leaders Ponteland United.

Alnwick had a game in hand, which was due to be played last night at Heaton Stannington.

Whatever happens, Town now have to get as many points on the board as possible in their remaining league matches and hope that United slip up in their last few games of the season if Town are to get back to the top of the pile and win the league.

Alnwick were unlucky not to take more from Monday’s game though, having had the bulk of the possession and battered the Seaton Delaval goal.

Of the many chances that the home side had, Neil Catlow’s free-kick forced a good save from the Seaton Delaval stopper, while the keeper also pushed a James Swordy effort onto the bar and scrambled a Gary Patterson chance onto the post.

Alnwick also had a goal disallowed for offside.

After last night’s game, both Alnwick and Ponteland have three league matches left. Their league seasons are both set to finish on May 21, with Town at home to Heaton Stannington while United host Blyth Town.