Basement side stops the rot

Alnwick town v Horden CW
Alnwick town v Horden CW

Alnwick Town halted a run of seven straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against Horden CW on Saturday, but they still remain rooted to the bottom of Northern League Division Two.

Daniel Thompson gave Alnwick a first-half lead but the hosts were pegged back when Lee Burrell equalised soon after the break.

It was Alnwick’s first point in the league since the beginning of September.

But the St James’ Park side will feel they could have taken all three after dominating much of the clash with Horden, who were reduced to 10 men following Neil Campbell’s 75th minute dismissal for violent conduct.

The black ’n’ whites had the best of the first half and should have had the match wrapped up after the opening 45 minutes.

Tony Brown, Chris Moffat, Bryan Murray and Thompson all had chances to score for Alnwick, but saw their efforts either go off target, blocked, or saved by the visiting keeper.

The hosts’ pressure finally paid off in the 35th minute when Thompson slotted home, to give Alnwick a well-deserved lead.

Alnwick went close to extending their advantage early in the second half when Brown saw his effort go the wrong side of the post.

Minutes later, Alnwick were left to rue their missed opportunities when Burrell prodded in near the post.

Horden put three up front and should have taken the lead soon after, only for Martin O’Riordan to miss an open goal.

At the other end, Neil Catlow went close for Alnwick, seeing his free-kick well-saved by the Horden stopper.

Campbell was sent off for elbowing an Alnwick player with 15 minutes to go, but the hosts were unable to make the extra man count and had to settle for a point.

Alnwick travel to North Shields on Saturday for a Division Two match. The game kicks-off at 3pm.

Alnwick (v Horden): Brooks, Makin (D Lowes), Catlow, Tate, McPherson (Nixon), Murray, Brown, Moffat, Jackson (Turnbull), Thompson, Hogg. Sub Hills.

○ Alnwick’s midweek league match with Jarrow Roofing, which was scheduled for October 16, was postponed because of Roofing’s FA Vase fixture.