Alnwick Town stopped a run of five straight defeats as they beat West Allotment Celtic 2-1 in the Northumberland Senior Cup last night – and set up the prospect of drawing the likes of Newcastle United Reserves or Whitley Bay in the next round.
Two penalties from Tony Brown – his second and decisive spot-kick coming in second-half stoppage-time – secured the black ‘n’ whites’ place in the Quarter Final.
Boss Paul Yeadon was delighted with the performance and is hoping the St James’ Park outfit draw a big-name team in the last eight of the competition.
Brown scored his first from the spot after 20 minutes after Dale Kennedy was brought down in the area.
On the stroke of half-time, hosts Celtic equalised through Dean Lee.
That’s the way it stayed until the 92nd minute.
With the game heading into extra-time, Kennedy was once again fouled in the area.
Celtic’s Alex Nisbet was shown his marching orders.
Brown kept his nerve to score from 12-yards and sent his side through to the next stage.
Teams such as Newcastle United Reserves, Bedlington Terriers, Blyth Spartans and Whitley Bay await in the Quarter Final.
Town will hope to build on the victory when they travel to Stokesley Sports Club on Saturday for the Northern League, Division Two clash.
They then host Norton & Stockton Ancients in the first round of the E Armstrong Memorial Cup on Tuesday evening.