Alnwick Town suffer Washington defeat

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

Alnwick Town lost their second Northern League, Division Two game in a row after Washington fought back to take all three points this afternoon.

The black ’n’ whites were leading 2-1 at the break thanks to a quick-fire double around the half-hour mark, courtesy of Brad McClelland and Adam Shanks.

But Washington battled back in the second period to win their first league game of the season.

Town were looking to recover from their midweek defeat at Darlington RA. However, it was Washington who looked the most dangerous in the game’s early exchanges and they took the lead in the 16th minute when captain Mark Davison tapped in from close range.

It was all one way traffic and the dangerous Christopher Winn forced Town keeper Sean Straker into a fine save.

Town turned the game on its head against the run of play. On 28 minutes, McClelland scored at the far post after a fine pass from Darren Riddell. Just two minutes later, Town took the lead when Shanks lifted the ball over Washington keeper Kyle Barlow.

The frontman had a great chance shortly after to put the hosts 3-1 up, but he dragged his shot wide when through on goal.

Town held the lead until the 58th minute. Washington’s Nathan Cummings was unmarked in the area and his flicked header hit the post before going into the net.

Shanks had the chance to level but he got his chip wrong and his effort went wide.

Washington took the lead in the 75th minute when James Fairley ran on to a clever defence-splitting pass and he fired past Straker.

The visitors made it four through Winn, who headed in at the far post.

It was a deserved victory for Washington, but it could have been a different game if Town had taken their chances at vital periods.

Next up for Alnwick is a trip to Heaton Stannington on Monday, kick off 11am.