Wooler 2 Hexham 4
Northern Alliance, Nike Division One
After the previous week’s shenanigans, it was a relief to watch a normal game of football.
Although the home supporters were disappointed with the result, they did witness a committed display by two teams who had struggled to score goals in recent weeks.
Wooler started more brightly and, even though they were unable to create clear-cut scoring opportunities, they were dominating possession. As has been the case all season, the home team has struggled to score from open play and this game proved to be no exception.
In the 30th minute, Wooler were awarded a corner and Michael Saunders met the ball with a firm header to score from five yards (1-0).
Almost immediately, the visitors struck back when a rash challenge resulted in a free-kick on the edge of the box. MacAllindon struck a firm shot into the bottom corner, eluding the diving Avery in the Wooler goal (1-1).
The second half got under way with Wooler again dominating possession and both James Scott and Luke Strangeways had half-chances to score.
It was somewhat against the run of play when Hexham scored. An Avery clearance rebounded off Heenan and into the open net (1-2).
Despite this setback, Wooler still pressed forward and were somewhat unfortunate when Tom Farr was dismissed after a second yellow card for a somewhat innocuous challenge.
Despite the disadvantage of only playing with 10 men, Wooler pressed forward and were rewarded when a looping shot from Strangeways was deflected over the visiting keeper to make it 2-2.
At this point and with 15 minutes to go, both teams looked happy to settle on sharing the points, but another defensive lapse proved crucial and Heenan crossed for North to score from close range (2-3).
In the dying minutes, Wooler pressed forward seeking an equaliser and were again punished when substitute Hall finished well after good play from the impressive Heenan.
On balance of play, Wooler probably deserved a point from this encounter, but a failure to create enough chances and defensive lapses were punished by the visitors.
Best for Wooler on the day were Fraser Tait and Michael Saunders.