Alnwick Town 6 Town Law Town 1
NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION TWO
Bouyant Alnwick Town bounced back from an 8-0 mauling at Northallerton Town last week to notch a comprehensive victory of their own this afternoon.
The 6-1 demolition of Tow Law Town was their eighth league win of the season and edged them further away from the drop-zone.
The game had survived an early-morning pitch inspection after yesterday’s heavy rain, although the lowly visitors from County Durham, who started the day 10 points below Alnwick and languishing in the bottom three, may have wished the downpours had continued.
Brad McClelland missed the first big chance of the game, firing just over, before the home side started the onslaught when Adam Shanks lobbed the keeper (1-0).
McClelland had a shot saved as Alnwick tried to press home their early advantage, although Tow Law had their chances but blazed wide the best of them.
A Darren Riddell chip went just the wrong side of the post before Alnwick’s keeper picked up a backpass and the resulting free-kick went in (1-1).
Tony Brown headed goalwards and, despite keeper’s best efforts to keep it out, the linesman confirmed the ball had crossed the line (2-1).
Just before half-time, events took a turn for the worse for the visitors when their number 5 was sent off for one elbow too many.
After the break, Shanks grabbed his second of the game, heading home from a short corner to put daylight between themselves and Tow Law (3-1).
Shanks completed his hat-trick for 4-1, after which it was one-way traffic. Keith Douglas hit the hosts’ fifth before Shanks scored his fourth to make the final score 6-1.
In a season that will be remembered for its amazing scorelines, there have now been 108 goals in Alnwick’s first 19 matches (42 for, 66 against), that’s well over five goals per game.
The club also announced the signing of James Loughborough from Bedlington Terriers and Robert Hodgson.