North One East
Alnwick entertained another high-flying Yorkshire side yesterday and may have had expectations of this game after defeating third place Pocklington last time out.
However, they were undone not only by a competent opponent but also by their own poor tackling and a failure to clear their own lines.
A hard but even game was predicted and so it proved to be for the first half.
It finished 8-11, with the Alnwick points coming from a Warcup try and a penalty (not releasing) that Bird goaled.
Alnwick made changes to their forwards, with Brown and Southeran replacing Elliot and Fawcett.
They started brightly but, within two minutes, conceded another score as Old Crossleyans drove over in the corner.
Another try, this time converted, from the visitors made it 8-23.
Alnwick responded well to these setbacks and took the fight to Old Crossleyans. Grey reverse-passed to Hamilton who steamed into the gap and scored mid-right on the hour. Unfortunately, Bird could not add the points (13-23).
That was to be Alnwick’s last score - from then on the visitors bossed proceedings.
Full report in Thursday’s Gazette.
Next week, Alnwick go to Northern who are also struggling. It is hoped that they get back to winning ways and strong support would be helpful in this.
Alnwick: J Bird, J Weddell, A Shell (Capt), F Hutchinson, P Moralee J Warcup, I Gray R Elliot,(P Brown 40) H Sordy, B Boothman, A Alexander, W Fawcett (O Southeran 40), G Smith, R Thompson J Hamilton. Official: Finlay Brown (Northumberland Society)