Harton & Westoe...2
Alnwick Town Reserves...3
ALNWICK were away to high-flying Harton & Westoe who hadn’t lost a league game this season on Saturday.
But it was the visitors who started the better, taking the game to Harton with Neil Mcfall and Chris Moffat going close.
It wasn’t long before Harton had chances of their own, with Ben Cooper getting away from the defence, but David Hubbard got back to clear and Andrew Quinn headed over.
Alnwick didn’t panic and they were creating plenty more opportunities with Moffat going close with a free-kick after Jake Lowes was fouled on the edge of the box, Lowes being put in for what looked like a certain goal, for Lee Ditchburn to make a great tackle six yards out.
This spell of Alnwick pressure did produce a goal when Alan Mcfall played a ball over the top for brother Neil to break the offside trap to run in on goal and slot it past the advancing keeper (0-1).
Alnwick nearly went two up when Alan Stephenson and Jordan Trotter combined on the right to cross, but it was just out the reach of James Davison.
Harton are where they are for a reason and they came out for the second half fighting.
It wasn’t long before they equalised when Danny Symington was played in to shoot into the corner (1-1).
Alnwick heads didn’t drop and they took the lead with some great build-up play, Alan Stephenson crossing from the right for Moffat at the back post. He headed back across the goal for Lowes to head home (1-2).
Harton were piling on the pressure and Gordon Saunders had to be out quickly to save with his legs.
And the home side made the possession count when Symington scored with a free header from a corner (2-2).
They had the bit between their teeth, but Alnwick’s defence and the team as a whole were defending resiliently.
This paid off when Neil Mcfall went on a great run and crossed for Moffat to score (2-3).
Harton piled men forward and nearly scored, but a header was cleared off the line and they held on for a great win, to inflict Harton’s first defeat this season.
It was a thoroughly deserved win for the whole of the Alnwick team, who battled hard and played some great football.
Alnwick: Saunders, Trotter, Bickerton, Hubbard, A Mcfall, Lowes, Moffat, Kidd, N Mcfall, Stephenson, Davison, Cakar, Hutchins, Woodcock.
Town Reserves have no game this weekend.