Town take all points on the road

NORTHERN ALLIANCE, PREMIER DIVISION – Wark...0 Alnwick Town...2

ALNWICK were on their travels again on Saturday, this time to the picturesque village of Wark, last season’s runners-up in the Alliance Division.

A tough encounter was expected on their narrow pitch and conditions were not ideal – a firm pitch and a strong breeze. The home side started the better, pressing Alnwick and giving them little time to settle on the ball.

Brian Brooks in the Alnwick goal made a good stop as Lancaster broke through the defence

The visitors got a wake-up call and from the incident, James Swordy broke clear, squaring the ball into the path of Stephan Hogg, whose shot was deflected back to Swordy, who smashed it into the roof of the net from 10 yards out. Chances were few at both ends of the pitch as corners and free-kicks seemed to be the order of the day, with space hard to find.

Alnwick doubled their lead on 60 minutes – a ball was played through to Wyn Fremlin, who chased down the defender and then rounded the keeper to score his first goal for the club.

Fremlin nearly doubled his tally, bending a 25-yard free-kick wide of the post on 70 minutes.

Wark’s best chance to come into the game fell to the big centre-half from a corner but his free header went over the crossbar.

Alnwick midfielder Kevin Elliot nearly scored the goal of the game, picking up the ball in the centre of the field and firing in a superb 30-yard shot that hit the crossbar, with the keeper stranded.

This game was not a classic by any means. But, as many teams will tell you, any result at Wark is a good one.

Alnwick battled hard and deserved the full three points on the day.

Alnwick Town: B Brooks, D Lillico, B Murray, G Patterson. M Cockburn, C Moffat, S Hogg, T Vickers, J Swordy W Fremlin, T Brown, M Armstrong, K Elliot. Pizza Royale man-of-the-match: Kevin Elliot.