ALNWICK TOWN 3
Alnwick had three unavailable with one playing for the NFA team and two long term injuries but still fielded a full squad of 16.
Alnwick were determined to reverse their last visit to Willington and their 6-1 defeat.
The pitch had plenty of grass on it but hid a soft, bumpy surface.
Willington attacked up the hill and immediately showed that their main tactic was going to be the long ball, and had a half chance within five minutes when Kenny Wilks forced Town keeper Luc Glasper into a full stretch save.
Alnwick, playing their fast passing game nearly broke the deadlock when Tony Brown squeezed a ball through to James Jackson into Chris Glass but his shot was just wide with home keeper Chris Sawyer a spectator.
Much against the run of play Willington were awarded a penalty when Josh Willis was adjudged to have brought Ross Clark down; Dan Lee stepped up to score: 1-0.
The game was very fast moving when after 25 minutes Jamie Dixon went up the right, beat three men, crossed to James Jackson to rifle the ball in: 1-1. Town keeper Glasper was called upon to punch a good shot wide.
There followed an ugly incident when Tony Brown was elbowed in the face, leaving him prostrate on the ground but the referee allowed play on and it nearly resulted in their second goal when Ken Wicks made space but hit a poor shot.
This was followed by a comedy of errors when Willington were awarded a free kick 10 yards inside the Alnwick half. A high ball landed in the penalty area between two defenders, bounced up and over Glasper a few minutes before half-time, scored by Will Preston: 2-1.
Alnwick were now kicking up-hill, and went on the attack straightaway through Ross Gair down the right and sent a great cross just eluding the Alnwick forwards.
Willington still maintained their long ball policy which nearly paid dividends with chances falling to James Seymour and Will Preston but a combination of good tackles and alert keeping nullified the danger.
It was a move from Ross Gair to David Brown who controlled the ball, shielding it from a defender in the box to swivel and shot just past. It was then an attack by Chris Glass broke down the right out back to David Brown but again he was out of luck to see his shot saved one-handed near the post and away for a corner.
The home team had two fast front runners in Will Preston and Reece Brown but the Town defence had to be quick and on one occasion a last minute tackle by Danny Lowe.
The pressure was building on Willington with Alnwick’s fitness taking over and from a corner on the left Rob Baker (on for Kris Willis) took it and scored direct from the flag: 2-
As the game went into the last ten minutes there was only going to be one winner when Jamie Dixon passed inside for Ross Gair to overlap and cross for David Brown to shoot but home keeper Chris Sawyer was just up to it to again deny David to push aside.
With only five minutes to go, Alnwick’s pressure paid off from another corner which was headed in by Jackson through a crowded penalty area to score the winner and his second of the game .