STL NORTHERN LEAGUE, DIVISION TWO
Alnwick Town...1 West Allotment Celtic...0
ALNWICK Town secured their first Northern League win of the season with a well-deserved victory over 10-man West Allotment Celtic last Wednesday.
A second-half Neil MacFarlane goal proved decisive as the St James’ Park side built on their encouraging opening day draw with North Shields.
Club chairman Tom McKie said he was delighted with the victory and was thrilled with the way newly-promoted Town have started the Division Two campaign, following their climb from the Northern Alliance last term.
Despite a tough-looking start to life in the Northern League, following a four-season-long absence, Town had taken four points from their opening two games.
And their midweek win against Celtic, who were relegated from Division One last season, was no more than they deserved, with a strong performance throughout.
The first-half was a tight affair though, with little goalmouth action at either end as both defences were on top.
But the clash took a twist soon after the interval when Celtic striker Liam McIver was sent off for a foul on 47 minutes.
However, the visitors weren’t out of the game and despite the dismissal they were unlucky not to break the deadlock, being denied by the woodwork on two occasions.
Town took advantage of this and grabbed the all-important goal on 76 minutes.
Man-of-the-match James Swordy jinked down the right and crossed for MacFarlane who stroked the ball into the net. Alnwick dominated the game thereafter and took maximum points.
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