Town slip back down into the drop-zone

Action from Alnwick Town and Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
Action from Alnwick Town and Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.

Ebac Northern League,

Division Two

Alnwick Town remain rooted in the relegation mire following a 3-1 defeat against Ryton and Crawcrook at the weekend, a fourth loss in their last six games.

The black ‘n’ whites remained precariously above the drop-zone on goal difference after Saturday’s result, but rivals Esh Winning won 4-2 at home against Whickham on Tuesday night.

It means Town dropped to second-bottom, ahead of last night’s fixtures, with Winning jumping up to 22nd.

Bottom club Horden CW are a little further adrift on 19 points.

Saturday’s game on a fine day started badly for the home side when visitors Ryton and Crawcrook, sitting in mid-table, took a second-minute lead.

A long cross from the right found Paul King coming in to shoot into the far corner and fire his side in front.

But the lead didn’t last long with the black ‘n’ whites levelling through Dan Thompson.

Alnwick took a quick free-kick to Jon Colley on the right, he passed cross-field and Thompson outpaced the centre-half to fire past the stranded John Mordue on 11 minutes.

Sadly, Town were only on level terms for several minutes.

Play was fast and furious when Paul Blackey struck a screamer from outside the box, rising into the top corner of the net in the 20th minute.

The home side did have a chance to equalise again before the break, when a poor clearance from a corner fell to Gary Patterson, but his rising shot went just over the bar.

After the interval, Alnwick stepped up the pressure for a second and within a few minutes Thompson, Colley and Tom Vickers all had good shots blocked and saved.

Two minutes later, Thompson was put through for a one-on-one, but his shot was parried away.

On 80 minutes, the killer blow came when a cross from the Ryton right passed through the defence to Paul King, allowing him to put the ball away.

The last ten minutes saw Town almost pull one goal back when Vickers had a header tipped over by the keeper. They also lost Dale Kennedy to a bad tackle.

Team: Brooks, Murray, Convery, Kidd, Lowes, Patterson, Colley (Jackson), Brown, Kennedy (Vickers), Hogg. Sub: Hall, Makin.

l Alnwick’s derby clash away at Morpeth Town took place last night. See the Gazette website for the result.

Town are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Chester-le-Street, kick-off 3pm.