Town’s rotten run continues after conceding eight on Non League Day

Hat-trick man Adam Shanks in Alnwick Town's match against Seaham Red Star on Saturday.
Hat-trick man Adam Shanks in Alnwick Town's match against Seaham Red Star on Saturday.

Alnwick Town returned from Teesside on Tuesday night having lost for the third game on the bounce, conceding 15 goals in the process.

The match at Thornaby in Northern League Division Two started well for the black ‘n’ whites as they took the lead through Adam Shanks.

But half-an-hour in and the Stockton side were level thanks to Jamie Clarke and they then took the lead before half-time through Kieran Edwards.

A goalless second period means that Town haven’t registered a point since the end of last month.

It isn’t likely to get much easier for the north Northumbrians either as they travel to seventh-placed Norton and Stockton Ancients on Saturday before a home clash with table-toppers Team Northumbria next Tuesday.

Scoring goals isn’t necessarily a problem for the St James’ Park side, but conceding is and this was in evidence on Saturday as Seaham Red Star were the visitors on Non League Day.

Spectators who went to support their local club were treated to 12 goals, although unfortunately Alnwick went down 8-4.

Alnwick went into the game without Tony Brown, Stephen Hogg, Darren Riddle and a late pre-match injury to Brad McClelland would restrict him to the sub’s bench.

The early exchanges saw both teams probing with good crosses but no finishes, before Seaham scored as a looping shot by Sonny Andrews found the net.

Play was pretty even with Alnwick showing good approach work, but failing to capitalise with too few bodies getting up to support the forwards.

Then without any real warning, the game was taken away from the home side in a 16-minute period when David Palmer and two more from Sonny Andrews made it 4-0 to the visitors. From this point, Town were always playing catch-up.

Alnwick made it onto the scoresheet when Adam Shanks beat the full-back to hit a cross-shot that deflected in off a defender. Following that, Jon Colley went close with a rising shot.

And within five minutes of the restart, Alnwick made it 2-4 when Shanks was brought down in the penalty area before stepping up to score from the spot.

The hosts were clawing their way back, but once again, in a six-minute period, the game was effectively over when John Jackson, then Sonny Andrew, scoring his hat-trick, took it to 2-6.

It was then Alnwick’s turn for a hat-trick as Shanks made it 3-6, but just as Alnwick felt that they would make more progress, Carl Thorp made it 3-7.

Again the black ‘n’ whites would not lie down and Danny Lowes finished off a good move to make it 4-7.

The scoring was still not over, but it was completed by David Palmer for an unlikely final scoreline of 4-8.

The one thing Alnwick can take from this match is that they never gave up and scored some very good goals.

However at times they were their own worst enemy with sloppy defending to blame for some of the goals conceded.

Team: D Mullen, G Mbiavanga (D Palmer), K Hogg, R Straughan, T McPherson, K Elliott, D Lowes, K Douglas, A Shanks, J Colley, B Robertson. Subs: S Straker, B McClelland, D Atwell. Match Sponsor: A W Wilson (Groundworks).