Alnwick kick off 2020 with three wins

Alnwick Town kicked off 2020 in the Northern Alliance Premier Division with a 2-1 home win over North Shields on Saturday.

Action from Alnwick 1sts and Ladies at the weekend. Pictures by Steve Miller.
Action from Alnwick 1sts and Ladies at the weekend. Pictures by Steve Miller.

And in what was a good weekend for the club there were also victories for both the Development Squad and the Ladies.

It’s been a tough few weeks for the St James’ Park outfit after the first team parted company with manager Paul Yeadon shortly before Christmas.

Stephen Patterson, a member of the coaching staff with the Development Squad, and head of the Junior section, was placed in interim charge until a new permanent appointment is made, and he will have been well pleased with the result which saw Town leapfrog their opponents to go 12th in the table on 12 points.

Two first half goals from Kieran Hogg saw Alnwick pick up only their third league win of the season.

Hogg’s opener came from the penalty spot after Leon Midgley, handed a rare start, was brought down in the box. He then doubled the advantage when a corner was cleared and the ball landed at his feet on the edge of the area.

Midgley then hit the bar before Athletic pulled a goal back through Waterson, who netted at the second attempt after his original shot was blocked.

Patterson will now be hoping his side can maintain the momentum when they trave to take on eighth placed Gateshead Rutherford this coming Saturday (January 11).

Meanwhile, in the NE Combination League, the Development Squad came from behind to beat

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Coxlodge 3-2 with goals from Cameron Thorpe, Thomas Forster and Brandon Mallaburn.

The U23’s game against Ashington Oaks in the Combination was postponed.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Alnwick Town Ladies were in action in the NE Women’s League at home to Norton & Stockton Reserves.

Alnwick were in dominant form and won the match with a convincing 8-0 scoreline.

Michelle Stewart was the star of the show, bagging five of the Alnwick goals, with the others coming from Emily Henderson, Becky Robinson and Ash Grisdale.