Heaton Stannington 4 Alnwick Town 2
Northern League, Division Two
Prolific forward Jonathan Wright hit a hat-trick for Heaton Stannington to inflict a third straight defeat on Alnwick Town.
The lethal frontman, who scored a double against Town earlier this season, once again proved to be the thorn in the Northumbrians’ side.
His three-goal heroics during Tuesday night’s mist-affected Northern League encounter took his season’s tally to 40 for high-flying Heaton.
As for Town, their season has fizzled out somewhat – having not picked up a point since securing their Division Two safety against Esh Winning at the start of the month.
In fairness, the trip to a Heaton side who have narrowly missed out on promotion was always going to be tough.
And so it proved. The hosts opened the scoring after two minutes, when Wright turned and fired low into the corner.
Town found their way back into the game on the half-hour thanks to a cracking volley by Stephen Hogg to level the scores.
Heaton regained the lead on the stroke of half-time. Anthony Johnson played a delightful one-two with Wright who scored with a bending right-footed volley.
Once again, Town fought back and levelled the score in the second period thanks to a penalty from Tony Brown.
Wright was not done yet though and his finely-executed lob completed his hat-trick and gave Heaton the lead, before Anthony Johnson grabbed the hosts’ fourth.
Town, who remain fifth-from-bottom, will aim to finish the campaign on a high when they host Birtley Town on Saturday.
Alnwick Town 0 Whitehaven 2
Northern League, Division Two
Alnwick Town slipped to their second Northern League, Division Two defeat in a row with a 0-2 loss against Whitehaven on Saturday.
A goal in each half ensured the Cumbrians took all three points in this tussle between two teams who sit a place apart.
Fifth-bottom Town were missing Tom Vickers, Dale Kennedy, Chris Fawcett and Bryan Murray for the clash.
They had the first chance of the match when Keith Douglas shot wide.
Whitehaven, who sit sixth-bottom, had their first real effort after 15 minutes when a move down the right allowed Kevin Connolly to cut in and take a cross-shot which Dan Mullen saved easily.
Town exerted some pressure and nearly took the lead when they scraped the bar from an acute angle.
The visitors responded and Mullen saved well from a Matthew Tymon header.
Town’s Tony Brown then beat three defenders, only to see his quick shot go just wide.
Whitehaven broke the deadlock thanks to Greg Quale, who was free to shoot past the advancing Mullen.
Early in the second half, Stephen Hogg’s snap-shot went agonisingly over the crossbar.
Whitehaven were on top and had a clutch of chances to extend their lead, but to no avail.
The visitors did extend their advantage in the game’s closing moments, thanks to a Craig Chatten penalty.
Team: D Mullen, G Mbiavanga, K Hogg, D Lowes (D Atwell), T Macpherson, K Elliott, D Schiavetta (A Makin), T Brown, L Waugh, K Douglas, S Hogg (J Jackson). Sub: S Brookes.