Town keep up the pressure at top

Alnwick Town...3 Shankhouse...1

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ALNWICK faced Cramlington side Shankhouse on Wednesday, April 20 having played out a two-all draw with them in the second game of the season.

The home side set the tempo of the game from the kick-off.

The first real chance fell to Scott McMullen who found himself with the keeper to beat from the edge of the penalty area and, with the keeper off his line, McMullen’s chipped effort was not quite high enough to beat the visiting keeper.

Against the run of play, Shankhouse were awarded a penalty on 25 minutes as a cross in the box bounced on to the arm of Alnwick centre-half Garry Patterson. Up stepped centre-forward Dormund to send keeper Brian Brooks the wrong way and gave the visitors the lead.

On 35 minutes, McMullen whipped in a free-kick from 30 yards out.

Midfielder Mark Cockburn timed his run in to the area perfectly to steer the ball home. Shankhouse were pleased to hear the half-time whistle as Alnwick pressed to get an interval lead.

Alnwick pressed from the restart and were denied a goal on 55 minutes, Tom Vickers out-muscling the defender, but the keeper pulled off a great save as Vickers was about to jink round him. Alnwick eventually went in front on 65 minutes. A deep cross to the back post was headed home by Patterson.

The game was sealed on 75 minutes, Ben Keenan picking up the ball on the left before cutting across two defenders and the keeper before firing home from eight yards out.

Patterson could have doubled his tally after a powerful header from a corner seemed to be going in the top corner of the goal but a fantastic goal-line clearance saved the visitors.

Shankhouse were reduced to 10 men with five minutes to go as a midfielder kicked out at Dale Kennedy.

Alnwick fully deserved the victory with a committed performance.

Alnwick: B Brooks, D Lillico, D Lowes, G Patterson, B Murray, K Elliot, C Moffet, M Cockburn, S McMullen, D Kennedy, T Vickers, M Armstrong, J Swordy, B Keenan, G Bails, N Catlow. Pizza Royale man-of-the-match: Scott McMullen.