ALNWICK TOWN 0
It was a hectic week of just losing to third top side Ryhope CW by the odd goal in seven, then on Thursday earning a well-earned point away to Easington, fifth top, twos each.
With this in mind, Alnwick faced Hebburn Town, bottom six, who had had a good win mid-week and with four squad members missing, two with injuries and two working, the Town team had to re-jig their set-up.
Alnwick showed early pressure with a fine move, with Davy Brown laying the ball out to Kris Willis on the right and he struck a hard long shot which caught the home keeper sleeping. But Kris had to see his shot just scrape passed the post.
Again Alnwick were exerting the pressure when Kris Willis out to Jamie Dixon and again with a long shot and it was against this that Hebburn took the lead although they had the edge on possession and went ahead in the 20th minute with a corner on their left ended up at the far post where James Talbot was at hand to shoot home: 1-0.
Play then lapsed into a mid-field battle back and forth when Shannon North, Hebburn’s 6ft 8in target man out on the right cut in and scored: 2-0 to Hebburn a minute before half-time but Alnwick had another near miss when Davy Brown’s shot was on target but the home keeper managed a one-handed push around the post.
Not feeling down and out, Ross Gair shot after two minutes into the second half, hit the post with the home keeper scrambling but it went the wrong side.
Alnwick’s game plan of a fast passing ground game still produced good moves at times but got less as the game progressed. The second half was a poor show after the previous fine performances and was the worst display in the second half overall. It was not as if Hebburn were that much better, rather it was that Alnwick’s overall display was poor.
The manager Jon Egen rang the changes, bringing on subs Lee Dundas, Josh Willis and Josh Briggs, but the pattern did not change much.
In the 75th minute Hebburn’s tall target Shannon North, scored his second and Hebburn’s third, from a corner, which he headed in to make it 3-0.
It was not a three goal difference but the old adage, if you don’t take your chances.
Alnwick’s next game is on Saturday, October 31 at home to Ryton & Crawcrook.