Seaham Red Star 9 Alnwick Town 0
Northern League, Division Two
Table-topping Seaham Red Star went goal crazy as they smashed Alnwick Town on Saturday, on what was an emotional day for the Northumberland club.
The St James’ Park outfit were rocked by the news that former defender Eric Hately, 70, had passed away on Friday night.
Eric was one of the best full-backs in the club’s history and the black ’n’ whites plan to hold a remembrance this Saturday when they host Norton and Stockton Ancients.
A minute’s silence was also held before the Seaham match, in what was a poignant start to the proceedings.
The game itself was an ordeal for an Alnwick side who were without Keith Douglas and Jon Colley and up against the league leaders who have a number of talented players in their ranks.
On top of that, Seaham came into the game on the back of an impressive League Cup scalp, beating Northern League Division One high-flyers North Shields 2-1.
The first 10 minutes were fast and furious, with both sides claiming penalties but they were undone when Lewis Wing made space to hit a terrific swerving shot which left Town keeper no chance (1-0).
Not to be pressed back, Tom Macpherson intercepted a Seaham pass and launched forward to play a defence-splitting pass through to Adam Shanks. The home keeper saw the danger and was quick off his line to make a first-class save.
Alnwick were making Seaham work very hard and pressurised them in the first 25 minutes, producing some counter-attacking football.
It was the last 10 minutes of the first half that was Alnwick’s undoing, when Wing scored a further two goals for his hat-trick, the first an angled shot, the second from the penalty-spot, as the Alnwick keeper was adjusting to bring down Wing in a melée of players on the dead-ball line at the side of the goal (3-0).
The visitors made a last-minute attack via a Tony Brown/Darren Riddle combination, putting Adam through but again the home keeper was on top form.
Shortly after half-time, Alnwick made a quick break and scored, yet the linesman flagged offside. To say it was tight was being kind to the linesman. Then Adam Shanks hit the cross-bar.
Seaham did not let up and scored six goals in the second period, with Warren Byrne grabbing a hat-trick, Liam McBride netting a brace and a single effort from Dean Wilson (9-0).
It inflicted a third straight defeat on Alnwick and left them still searching for their first win of 2015. Saturday’s match against Ancients kicks off at 3pm.
Alnwick Town (v Seaham): L Glasper, G Mbiavanga, K Hogg, R Straughan, T Macpherson, K Egan, D Riddell, T Brown, A Shanks, S Hogg, J Lowes (D Lowes). Subs: S Straker, J Loughborough, D Atwell.