Singing in the rain as flood of defeats ends

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Alnwick Town 1 South Shields 1

Northern League, Division Two

Alnwick Town halted a run of seven straight Northern League, Division Two defeats with a battling home draw against South Shields on Saturday.

Thomas Truscott equalised for the black ’n’ whites after Stephen Ramsey had opened the scoring for the visitors, who had won two of their last three matches in all competitions.

Heavy rain and strong wind made playing conditions tough, in a game which came close to being abandoned.

Town, under the management of caretaker boss Steve Mullen, had three players missing for the St James’ Park clash. They then lost Dale Kennedy before kick-off after he failed a fitness check.

The early exchanges were even, with play at both ends, but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 10th minute.

Shields’ opener actually came from a Town free-kick. The visitors intercepted the set-piece and broke quickly down the left for Ramsey to shoot past keeper Daniel Mullen.

Town reacted well after the early set-back and began to take more control of the game.

Kieran Hogg went close to equalising when he cut in and unleashed a 30-yard effort, but his shot went just wide.

The weather was deteriorating, but Town were singing in the rain when they grabbed a deserved equaliser.

James Jackson put a ball through for Truscott to cut in from the right and hit a tremendous cross-shot beating the Shields keeper.

Chances were in scant supply in the second half.

Mullen made a couple of good saves while Town had opportunities of their own, including from Tony Brown who went close with a cross-shot.

Neither side could find the winner and Town claimed their first point since the start of September.

Credit should also go to the 50 hardy souls who braved the elements to turn out and watch the game.

Town’s next match is at Esh Winning on Saturday before hosting Jarrow Roofing BCA on Tuesday evening.

Alnwick (v South Shields): D Mullen, A Makin, K Hogg, B Murray, T Macpherson, K Elliott, T Truscott (J Lowes), T Brown, J Jackson, K Collins, S Hogg. Sub: B Brooks.