Town make South pay for midweek defeat

Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.
Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.

South Shields 0 Alnwick Town 3

NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION TWO

Alnwick bounced back from midweek’s hammering by North Shields to beat their southern counterparts and earn a deserved win on their travels.

Tom Vickers was denied on the line early on, but opened the scoring with a cracking goal after about half-an-hour.

This was followed by calls for a handball on the South Shields goal-line, which wasn’t given, but would have seen the hosts down to 10 men.

Town went two up not long after the break as Vickers was brought down in the box. Keith Douglas slotted away the penalty.

With the final whistle approaching, the three points were made safe as Kieran Hogg fired in a thunderbolt.

It comes on the back of two defeats in the last week with last Saturday’s narrow home defeat against Whickham followed by another loss at St James’s Park as they went down 6-2 to table-topping North Shields, who also beat Town earlier in the month.

Alnwick went into this afternoon’s clash in 19th, level on points with 18th-placed Stokesley.

The Whickham result had brought to an end a five-game unbeaten run at St James’ Park and Town will try to use today’s win to spark a revival of their home form as they host strugglers Esh Winning next weekend.