Alnwick Town U16...3 Longbenton U16...2
U16 Pin Point Recruitment League Four
ALNWICK Town U16s recorded their first league win of the season against a physical Longbenton side at Greensfield on Sunday.
The home side, kicking with the wind, dominated the play from the beginning and were unfortunate not to take the lead after five minutes when a Sam Proudlock corner was powerfully headed against the bar by Keegan Watson.
Alnwick continued to press the play and deservedly took the lead after 10 minutes when a long throw into the box by Tom Farr was not dealt with by the Longbenton defence and Cameron McEwan was on hand with a composed finish from six yards.
The home side doubled their lead after 20 minutes when a powerful long-range effort from Farr was parried by the Longbenton goalkeeper, with Sam Lawless being the quickest to react and poke the ball home.
Just before half-time, Lawless grabbed his second goal of the game and Alnwick’s third in superb style, chipping the Longbenton goalkeeper from 25 yards out, in off the crossbar.
The Alnwick defence, marshalled well by Freddie Hall and Watson, kept the Longbenton forwards relatively quiet in the first half, dominating everything in the air and playing some good football from the back.
The few chances the away side were able to create in the first half were dealt with well by keeper Cameron Hill.
The away team would have got an early second-half goal had it not been for a brilliant goal-line headed clearance by Connor Smith.
Throughout the second half, Alnwick were unable to add to their first-half advantage but came close on several occasions through the introduction of the pacey Aiden Hughes and the impressive Ryan Elliott.
Longbenton got what looked like a late consolation goal in the last five minutes of the game when a long ball over the top of the Alnwick defence was well finished by the visitors’ frontman.
However, the visitors were not finished yet and set up a tense final few minutes for the home team when they grabbed their second goal of the game from close range after some good play down the left wing.
Alnwick won the game deservedly after a very good all-round team performance. The game was well refereed by Ray Smith.
Alnwick: C Smith, K Mallon, F Hall, K Watson, T Farr, S Lawless, S Proudlock, C McEwan, R Elliot, L Mayhew, C Hill, S Hardman, J Danagher, D Turnbull, G Atkinson, A Hughes. Alnwick man-of-the-match: Cameron McEwan.
The side are still looking for a kit sponsor – contact Alan Mcfall on 07718 987228.