Cunningham double as Alnwick record back to back victories

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Alnwick Town 3-0 Jesmond

Alnwick Town secured a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Seaton Delaval on Saturday at St James’ Park.

Alnwick were looking to record back to back victories for the first time since the opening two games of the season.

An early injury in the game forced Ross Moore off to be replaced by Scott Maddison in the 14th minute.

But the home side took the lead just four minutes later. Cameron Cunningham struck a left foot shot into the top corner from around 18 yards out which left the keeper with absolutely no chance. A cracking strike once again from the young lad. (1-0)

Brad McClelland went close to doubling Alnwick’s lead on a couple of occasions, drilling wide with a left foot shot, and then somehow seeing a header go back across goal following good work by Jonny Colley down the right wing.

Half an hour into the game and Seaton Delaval were almost back in it. A quick break up the hill, followed by a cross whipped in for Beadling who headed his effort off the underside of the bar and away.

The away side were also denied a penalty, Gibbons going down under a challange from Colley, but the referee wasn’t impressed and waved away the appeals.

The game had been stop-start for the opening 44 minutes, endless fouls and offsides, which was causing some to lose their heads. Right before half time, Delaval’s right back Pilatos was booked for dissent. Around a minute later he cynically brought an Alnwick attack to a halt, and was duly shown a second yellow card. Again the away bench voiced their frustrations towards the officials, but he had little choice but to show the red card. Half time and 1-0 to the home side.

Into the second half, and although Delaval had the opening chance, it was Alnwick who got their second of the game.

Brad McClelland found space on the edge of the box to shoot, only to see his effort parried into the path of Cunningham,who tapped in his second of the game.

Appeals for offside by the visitors waved away, further adding to the tension of the away side. (2-0)

A host of substitutions followed from both sides as the clock ticked down. Bookings for the home side for Douglas and Schiavetta amongst a couple more for the visitors.

In the 84th minute goalscorer Cunningham was replaced by Joseph Threlfall, and he saw the game off in the 90th minute, finishing off from Ryan Douglas’ through ball. (3-0)

This was a comfortable win for Paul Yeadon’s side who never got fully going, and a clean sheet saw their goal difference return to a plus number.