Alnwick Town 4 Birtley Town 1
Northern League, Division Two
Alnwick romped to victory against Birtley Town at St James’ Park this afternoon to record just their second win of the year.
In this battle between two teams at the wrong end of the table, it didn’t take Alnwick long to remind Birtley whose ground they were on. Straughan bundled it home just two minutes into the match to give Alnwick an early lead (1-0).
On 27 minutes, Alnwick took possession and Lowes volleyed to cross in and Colley rifled home (2-0).
In the second half, Birtley put up more of a fight and shortly after the game had recommenced, a penalty saw Alnwick storm to 3-0, Keith Douglas sending the keeper the wrong way.
But with 15 minutes left on the clock, Alnwick let their guard down and Birtley scored their first goal of the match reducing the deficit to two goals (3-1).
At the start of play, Birtley were 16th with 38 points, with Alnwick two places behind on 33 points but the hosts made sure they closed that gap with just minutes left. Hogg wellied the ball into the back of the net from some distance, making the final score 4-1.
Earlier in the week, Alnwick Town had jokingly tweeted: ‘Looking at the form table, it should be a cracker on Saturday. Alnwick = 3 points from last 6 games. Birtley = 0 points from last 6 games.’
Funny old game, football!
Alnwick Town: L Glasper, D Lowes, G Mibiavanga, R Straughan, T McPherson, K Egan, D Schiavetta, T Brown, J Colley, K Douglas, K Hogg B Murray, D Atwell, K Collins