Alnwick come back to secure a point

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Alnwick Town manager Jon Egen praised his side’s spirit and battling qualities after they twice came back from a goal down to grab a point against high-flying South Shields on Tuesday night.

A Tom Macpherson header and a free-kick thunderbolt from Kieran Hogg helped the St James’ Park side snatch a share of the spoils in the entertaining midweek Northern League Division Two clash.

It followed the black ’n’ whites’ win over Crook Town on Saturday (see page 87).

Reflecting on Tuesday’s home draw, Egen said: “We are really chuffed. It was a fine team performance and one of those displays where everybody rolled up their sleeves and worked hard. We showed great spirit and it demonstrated the lads’ self-belief that they can go and score goals, even against the so-called top sides like South Shields.”

Egen also praised the performance of keeper Callum Brooks, 17, who came on in the first-half after stopper Nathan Brown was injured.

Visiting Shields came in to the game on the back of a four-match winning streak in Division Two. And they took the lead on the stroke of half time, through Stephen Ramsey.

Alnwick levelled in the 70th minute thanks to Hogg’s set-piece screamer from the edge of the area, but Shields regained the advantage five minutes later with a Warren Byrne goal. There was to be one final twist in the tale, as Macpherson headed in from a corner with 10 minutes left.

Mid-table Alnwick are at Billingham Town on Saturday and then travel to Heaton Stannington on Monday.