Two straight defeats end run

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Alnwick Town’s four-match unbeaten run came to an end with two defeats on the bounce.

The St James’ Park side had been enjoying a revival, recording two wins and two draws and climbing out of the relegation zone in the process.

But a 4-2 defeat against Washington last Wednesday, followed by a 3-1 loss at Seaham Red Star on Saturday halted the streak.

Despite this, Town remained a point above the drop-zone. However, an Esh Winning victory over Stokesley Sports Club last night would dump Town back in the relegation places.

The St James’ Park side will be desperate to stop the rot on Saturday when they face a crunch home game against Stokesley, who are also fighting to stay in Northern League, Division Two.

A poor first half against Washington cost Town dear on Wednesday night as they found themselves 3-0 down before the break.

Ben Keenan’s second half brace gave the Northumbrians hope at 3-2, but Washington scored a fourth to make sure of the points.

Dan Thompson was the Town goalscorer on Saturday.

His close-range effort was the equaliser against Seaham Red Star. But the St James’ Park side were unable to grab a share of the spoils as the hosts scored twice after.

Unlike the match against Washington, Town had a strong first half, with Thompson going close on a number of occasions, including a glancing header which scraped the post. The lively attacking player also hit the bar just after the half-hour.

Seaham went close to scoring,but for two goalline clearances from Town.

Red Star took the lead in the 38th minute when Kris Goss beat the offside trap and chipped over Town’s advancing keeper Brian Brooks.

Town equalised three minutes after the break. Kieran Hogg sent over a cross which Tom Vickers helped on to Thompson who forced home at the far post.

The scores were level for just four minutes. Ivan Stoyanov’s fine individual goal – cutting inside before hitting a low shot – put Red Star back in front. Seaham made it 3-1 in the 77th minute thanks to an Alan Pegram goal.

Town thought they should have had a penalty late on when Vickers went down in the box, but nothing was given.

Alnwick (v Seaham): Brooks, Lowes (Keenan), Catlow, Murray, MacPherson, Patterson, Moffet, Brown, Vickers, Thompson, Hogg (Makin). Sub Tate, Kidd.

○ Town’s scheduled league match with Ryhope CW on Tuesday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.