For the second game in a row, there was a last-minute winner at St James’ Park, but this afternoon it went the wrong way for Alnwick Town.
In another exciting game in what has been a season of ups and downs, the black ‘n’ whites went down 3-2 to Whickham in Northern League, Division Two, failing to back up Tuesday night’s brilliant 4-3 win over league leaders Team Northumbria.
The match took a while to get going and the main drama of the first 30 minutes was a clash of heads which saw Town’s Adam Shanks leave the field and return sporting a large bandage.
And it was Alnwick that went into the break in the lead after Darren Riddell rounded the keeper to slot the ball home.
After the interval, the game turned on its head as the vistors scored two in as many minutes. A left-wing cross was headed home before a well-worked passing move was finished off in the box.
By this stage, Whickham were well on top and it didn’t look as though Alnwick would get back in the game.
However, not long after a goalmouth scramble saw the ball just kept out by the Tynesiders, Town did get level as a deep cross was met by a diving header from Shanks.
The hosts then almost scored a winner as a shot was tipped over by the keeper at full stretch before the ball was cleared off the line from the ensuing corner.
Unfortunately, there was just enough time left for a winner at the other end as keeper Dan Mullen saved well from close range before the rebound was bundled in.