Town pay the penalty for a lacklustre start

Walker Central...1 Alnwick Town...0

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THE bank holiday weekend blues kicked off on Saturday with defeat at midtable Walker Central, who have been on a decent run of late, winning their previous two games against Heaton Stannington and Seaton Delaval.

It was a lacklustre start by both teams in the opening period but all changed when a penalty was awarded to Walker by the linesman. Danny Lowes was shadowing the Walker player out to the touchline when he went down with the greatest of ease. The same player was booked for simulation later in the game, ‘diving’ in plain English.

Alnwick responded well, Tony Brown beating his man in the box before hitting the post. The ball rebounded out and at least four shots were cleared off the goal-line. Scott McMullen’s 30 yard free-kick hit the crossbar on 25 minutes. Alnwick fired in shots from Dale Kennedy and Ben Keenan that narrowly went wide of the mark.

The visitors should have levelled the game in the 35th minute after good build-up play. Lowes found himself with just the keeper to beat from 10 yards out but his shot went wide of the post.

Alnwick pressed in the second period of the game, Mark Cockburn firing a shot wide of the upright from 25 yards out, Ben Keenan then had the ball in the net following a Chris Moffet shot which was ruled offside.

As Alnwick pushed on and left gaps, Walker hit the post on two occasions and a fine stop by Brian Brooks denied the home side.

Moffet curled a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the area on 85 minutes. Another goalmouth scramble in the dying minutes denied Alnwick an equaliser as the Walker rearguard held firm for the points.

Alnwick: B Brooks, N Catlow, D Lowes, B Murray, G Patterson, S McMullen, T Brown, C Moffet, K Elliot, D Kennedy, B Keenan, M Armstrong, M Cockburn, J Swordy, G Bails.