FA Cup football returned to St James’ Park last Sunday (September 3)) as the newly formed Alnwick Town Ladies side made their competitive bow against a strong Washington Town team from the Durham County League.
On the back of a strong sequence of pre season results confidence was high, but Alnwick made a slow, uncharacteristic start and paid a heavy price, conceding two goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Alnwick though grew into the game and got one back shortly before half time. The outstanding Amy Lawson, who caused problems for Washington all afternoon, glided past two defenders before providing an inch perfect cross for the ever dependable Jade Barrett to finish at the back post.
The introduction of Jenny Patterson, who had been sidelined for two months with an ankle injury, proved to be the turning point in the match. Alnwick spent much of the second period camped in the Washington half and got their reward mid way through the half via an own goal from a dangerous Barrett corner.
Just as the game looked to be heading for extra time up popped the returning Patterson to clinch the game with a superb finish into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Alnwick: Lindley, McFall, Hately, Thompson (c), Crombie, Brown, Darling (Robinson 55), Grisdale (Humble 78), Lawson, Latto (Patterson 50), Barrett - Subs (not used) Young, Anderson
Ollie Dial Fitness Player of the Match: Amy Lawson
Alnwick now face Redcar Town Ladies in the next round this Sunday (September 17) at St James’ Park in a 2pm KO. Entry is free so why not get along to the game to support our excellent ladies side.
Action from last weekend’s game against Washingto n Town.