Alnwick Town endured a miserable afternoon, going down 6-0 at home to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in Northern League, Division Two.
Today’s mauling was the St James’ Park side’s first defeat in five matches in all competitions. It could have been an ever heavier loss too, if it hadn’t been for Alnwick keeper Luc Glasper, who pulled off some fine saves throughout this wind-affected contest.
Dan Robinson proved to be the thorn in Alnwick’s side, netting four times for a Ryton side who are performing above expectations this season, sitting in the top half of the table.
Things got off to a bad start for Alnwick when they found themselves two-down after eight minutes. Jack Stoddart smashed the visitors ahead with a thunderbolt from distance, before Robinson raced through the middle and slotted past Glasper to make it 2-0.
Alnwick had their chances to reduce the deficit, including a Jamie Dixon header which went wide, while Adam Shanks’ luck was out in front of goal.
Robinson scored his second of the afternoon in the 34th minute before completing his hat-trick on the stroke of half time to put Ryton 4-0 up at the interval.
Things got worse for Alnwick after the break. Will Forsyth scored from close range after 55 minutes before Robinson completed the rout in the 73rd minute.
It was a day to forget for Alnwick, who were sloppy throughout; a surprising performance considering their recent run of form, which had seen them go into the game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions. As for Ryton, in was their first victory in four matches.
Alnwick Town: L Glasper, D Palmer, K Hogg (G Mbiavanga), J Dixon, D Lowes (R Douglas), K Douglas, D Riddell, T Brown, A Shanks, B McClelland (B Robertson), J Colley. Subs: B Brooks, D Atwell.
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