Alnwick draw a blank but are happy with a point

Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.
Alnwick Town FC news and match reports.



Alnwick went into this game on the back of two good results including the 3-0 win over Tow Law.

Northallerton, a top six team, had shown they are a promotion side this season and had a high scoring team of 38 goals in 14 games.

Alnwick had a few players out of the starting line-up and Northallerton were quick from the start and dictated play in the early exchanges without breaking through.

Alnwick had an early chance but the visiting keeper Matthew Calvert just managed to clear the danger in his rush out.

At the other end Luc Glasper had to be quick off his line with Aaron Ramsbottom bearing down.

Ross Straughan overlapped down the wing and his powerful shot from an acute angle only just rose over.

But Northallerton still had more possession and Stuart Owen made space and managed to get past Town keeper Luc but Kieran Egen was on hand to clear the danger.

The last 15 minutes of the first half was a midfield battle each side giving no quarter and getting a bit rough at times but Alnwick nearly broke the deadlock when visiting keeper Calvert fumbled a save and the ball broke to Josh Willis who crossed from the left visiting defender Dale Elgie headed to the edge of the box where Straughan hit a first time rising shot over the bar.

At half-time it was 0-0 with both sides having had chances, and both keepers making errors.

First chance in the second half fell to Alnwick when a Tony Brown free kick was fumbled by Northallerton keeper and another chance fell to Ross Straughan but again he was out of luck with two defender bearing down on him.

Northallerton were in charge for the next ten minutes and it took a great save by Town keeper Luc to push a one-handed shot over from Scott Oldfield.

Alnwick decided to make changes bringing on Chris Glass for Kris Willis, Josh Briggs for Tony Brown, and Brad McClelland on for Davy Brown.

Far from the manager keeping the point so far he maintained Alnwick’s attacking mode but neither side could break the deadlock with Northallerton having two half chances in the last 15 minutes .

Alnwick had a couple of chances and Glasper was forced into making a terrific last minute save to keep a clean sheet.