Wasteful Town slip to second defeat

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Alnwick Town were left to rue a hatful of missed chances as they fell to their second 4-0 defeat on the spin.

The north Northumberland side created numerous opportunities, including a Wyn Fremlin header which hit the woodwork, but were unable to find the net for the third game running.

Brandon United on the other hand converted their chances and two goals in each half bagged them the points in Saturday’s Ebac Northern League Division Two clash.

Town, who were missing a number of first-team players, had the game’s first effort but Fremlin saw his shot saved by Ryan Graham.

United broke the deadlock after 15 minutes thanks to Scott Hine who latched on to an Andrew Blackburn pass.

Town had chances to level the game with Tom McPherson heading over and that Fremlin effort which hit the bar.

The hosts extended their lead on the half-hour when an over-lapping Liam Bowes cut inside, beating two players, and hit a ground shot which crept in at the far post.

Town continued to create opportunities. Paul Hodge chipped over and Andrew Tait tested Graham from close range.

At the other end, Town stopper Ryan Beal pulled off a fine save to deny Scott Howe.

The visitors nearly found a way back into the contest just before the interval, but for a fine bit of defensive work from United’s Owen Lancaster. Fremlin beat the centre-half and rounded the keeper, only to see his shot steered wide by the United full-back.

Town continued to ask questions of United at the start of the second half and shortly after the interval Fremlin’s cross-shot went agonisingly wide.

United scored their third after 67 minutes thanks to Gerard Wraith’s angled shot.

Town felt they should have had a penalty when Fremlin was pulled down in the box, but nothing was given.

A bad afternoon got even worse for the visitors when United completed the scoring with just over 10 minutes to go thanks to Lancaster, although Town felt that Beal was fouled by two United players.

The two decisions summed up a frustrating day at the office for Town who are still searching for their first win of the season.

Alnwick Town: R Beal, A Makin, K Hogg, B Murray, T McPherson, N Catlow, M Nixon, A Tait (R Straughan), W Fremlin, B Keenan (D Thompson), P Hodge (D Lowes). Sub: B Brooks.