Lowly Alnwick Town picked up a vital 5-1 win against fellow strugglers Brandon United at a snow-covered St James’ Park tonight.
A Tom Vickers hat-trick and Keith Douglas’ double did the damage, as the hosts ended a five-game losing streak.
The crucial win was Town’s first in 2014, moving them level on points with Whitehaven in Northern League, Division Two.
They remain fourth-from-bottom on goal difference.
Stephen Moody was on target for Brandon United, who stay a place below their Northumbrian hosts, but now seven points behind.
Vickers opened the scoring for Town in the third minute, before Moody equalised 13 minutes later.
Town regained the lead thanks to a Vickers free-kick shortly after.
Douglas grabbed the black ‘n’ whites’ third, taping in from close range just before half-time after Chris Fawcett hit the post.
Town almost increased their lead early in the second half, but Tony Brown’s fine shot from distance struck the cross-bar.
Douglas scored his second on 67 minutes with a shot from just inside the box.
Vickers grabbed his hat-trick in the 75th minute, slotting in from close range.
Tonight’s game was the only Division Two match to survive the weather, with Tow Law Town’s clash with Northallerton Town and Jarrow Roofing BCA’s trip to Whickham both off.
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