Town battle to 1-1 draw

Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.

Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.

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Alnwick Town bounced back from Saturday’s defeat against table-topping North Shields with a battling draw against Norton and Stockton Ancients tonight.

Things started well for the Northumbrians when Tony Brown put the hosts into a sixth-minute lead from the penalty spot.

Ancients drew level in the 75th minute thanks to a header by captain Michael Jameson.

Both sides had good chances to take all three points in this entertaining Northern League, Division Two fixture.

Town’s best opportunity to make the game safe came midway through the second half. With the score at 1-0, Keith Douglas was played through but after rounding keeper David Knight he put his shot narrowly over the bar with the goal gaping.

It was a big moment. Not long after, Ancients equalised. And the visitors looked the more likely to make something happen after that.

Karl Charlton hit the bar with a header, before Town keeper Dan Mullen saved well with his feet from Nicholas Martin.

Despite being pegged back, Town will still be pleased with the draw. The black ‘n’ whites came into the fixture fourth-from-bottom, while Ancients started the day in sixth place.

It also means that Town have only lost once in the last six games.

Next up for the black ‘n’ whites is Whickham at home on Saturday.

Alnwick Town: D Mullen, G Mbiavanga, K Hogg, B Murray, T Macpherson, K Elliott, D Lowes (J Jackson), T Brown, T Vickers, K Douglas, C Graham. Subs: A Makin, B Brooks, R Straughan and S McMullen.

SEE FULL MATCH REPORT IN THURSDAY’S NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE