BILLINGHAM TOWN 0
ALNWICK TOWN 3
Alnwick were out to avenge their last meeting with Billingham Town, when they lost by 3-0.
Billingham had signed four new players during the week on the back of two defeats, while Alnwick, on the back of a win and a draw, had Tom McPherson out (suspension) and long term injured Brad McClelland still out.
Billingham kicked off and immediately made their intentions known. They pushed Alnwick back for the first 15 minutes creating two good chances, the first after seven minutes when Brad Stephenson floated a cross over to Gary Redman that the Alnwick defence blocked as he was lining up his shot.
This was closely followed a few minutes later when Alnwick keeper Callum Brooks saved the day when he saved close range from Jonathan Bolton and pushed the ball past the post.
It was the 15th minute when Alnwick had their best chance with a good four-man move down the right. It took a goal-saving tackle by Ian Bishop to stop James Jackson who was bearing down on goal.
Billingham Town had dictated play for the first 15 minutes but the majority of dangerous plays were stopped by the Alnwick defence in the end. Alnwick’s passing game was causing the home defence problems and it was in the 26th minute when Chris Glass broke through. His shot was kicked off the line and James Jackson came in from the right and scored from an acute angle.
Alnwick were now dictating play and a long ball from Chris Glass to Darren Riddell and his chip shot was just saved by home keeper Shaun Scotter.
There then followed a frantic time for the home defence with Kieran Hogg sending a superb ball to Rob Baker on the left cut in to his angled shot across the face of goal.
This was followed by an attack by Kieran Hogg who burst through the home defence and cut in from the by-line and the goal-bound shot was deflected.
Billingham were restricted to one chance when a long ball from the left to right for Barry Stephens to be free to shoot but Callum Brooks was wise to the danger and saved.
A minute after the break, Alnwick caught the home defence cold for Chris Glass to beat the defence and double the advantage.
Billingham changed their formation to try and put more pressure on the Alnwick mid-field . They had two chances in quick succession; the first from a long throw and Barry Stephens had space. Then Gary Redman from the left again had space but the Alnwick defence did not give them time so their efforts were all wide and high.
Alnwick then took total control starting with Kieran Hogg chipped to James Jackson but the home keeper Shaun Scotter managed to scramble it away.
In the 80th minute Alnwick wrapped up the game when Ross Gair put a through ball with James Jackson storming through the defender missed the ball and he ran on and put the ball past the home keeper and make it 0-3.
Billingham Town did not give up when Craig Lines was clear and unmarked but shied the ball over. That made three pretty good chances in the second half; they could not make it out as Alnwick was in their face.