A stunning second-half fightback saw Alnwick Town overhaul a two-goal deficit to beat high-flying Norton and Stockton Ancients 4-3, on what was a poignant day for the Northumbrians.
Both teams observed a minute’s silence prior to this afternoon’s Northern League, Division Two match, to pay tribute to one of Alnwick’s finest ever fullbacks, Eric Hately, who passed away earlier this month, aged 70.
And Alnwick would put on a show befitting of the former defender’s memory, by grabbing their first win of 2015.
Things had looked bleak for Alnwick, who were 3-1 down at half-time, but they turned the game on its head in the second period.
Jon Colley netted to make it 2-3, before Adam Shanks, who had scored Alnwick’s first, grabbed his second to level the contest.
The St James’ Park side completed a stunning comeback when Stephen Hogg fired in against a Norton side who were reduced to 10-men in the second half.
The result was even more remarkable considering the fact that Norton had started the day in second place, while Alnwick sat sixth-bottom and winless in five matches.
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