Alnwick Town finished the 2014/15 season on a high this afternoon, romping to a 4-0 home win over basement side Brandon United.
The St James’ Park side will be pleased to have ended with a victory in Northern League, Division Two, particularly after last Friday’s 3-0 defeat to Chester-le-Street made it back-to-back home losses. The tally of 50 points this term ensures a 16th-place finish in the table.
In a lively encounter, the black ‘n’ whites took the lead on the quarter-hour mark when Adam Shanks slotted home a free-kick. The two sides then exchanged efforts that hit the woodwork before Tony Brown smashed home from the edge of the area after a mazy run from Gloire Mbiavanga.
A minute later, it was three as a Kieran Hogg effort hit the bar, but the ball was bundled home by his namesake Egen, essentially ending the contest on 30 minutes. In the second half, Brown and Egen combined for the latter to head home for his brace.
The visitors will finish bottom, but may not be relegated after it was announced today that Celtic Nation, of Division One, have resigned from the Northern League and the Carlisle-based club will fold.
Subject to ratification by the annual league meeting, the upshot of Celtic Nation’s decision will be that Brandon United will be saved from relegation.