CHESTER LE STREET 8
ALNWICK TOWN 0
Ever had one of those occasions where everything that could go wrong, did?
Well Alnwick Town did for Adam Laidlaw’s first game in charge. He was forced to play with six players missing; three injuries, one player out due to an operation and two not available. All are regular squad players and he had to bring three players in.
It must be said that Chester le Street are a very good side; fourth top and on a good run, and will be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season.
Alnwick rearranged their battle plan with the changes required and in the first 10 minutes showed some good moves when Lee Dundas passed out to the right for Ross Moore to send in a great cross to the near post.
Home keeper Aiden Ames made a scrambled save just in time when James Jackson was nearly on it. Then two serious errors in 15 minutes, partly due to a rice pudding of a surface, allowed Ben Johnson and Lee Mole to score to put the home side two up.
Straightaway Alnwick had a great chance when a defence splitting ball was controlled by James Jackson with defenders trailing he was near the penalty box, the home keeper Ames charged out and James tried to chip him but the home keeper jumped just high enough to get his finger tips and caught the ball coming down.
Alnwick’s problems were made worse when Lee Dundas was the recipient of a bad tackle and had to come off. Ross Straughan came on in his place.
Chester le Street were pressing hard and killed the game with two late goals in the first half when both Lee Mole and Scott Heslop’s shots went in. Half-time arrived with Chester le Street four up and in control.
The second half was much the same as the last 15 minutes of the first half as the home side, playing excellent football, punished Alnwick and made the weakened side pay with further goals from Andrew Grant-Soulsby, and Joe Hamilton then a final fling of two goals in the last eight minutes of the game by Scott Heslop to complete his hat-trick.
This was a shocking result but with six regular players absent, it made the squad paper-thin and they were made to play players out of position. Adam has inherited a squad with problems and is more committed than ever to put things right.
Chester le Street, as stated, are a very good side but not eight goals better.