Red Row Welfare...8 Alnwick Town U21s...2
North Northumberland League Division Two
RED Row roared back into form after last week’s surprise defeat with an emphatic win at home to Alnwick U21s.
There was only five minutes on the clock when Red Row took the lead, Jordan Giles hitting a bullet header past the keeper after getting on the end of a pin-point Paul Smith corner.
After 10 minutes they doubled their advantage with Matty Graham slicing the back-line open with a wonderful through-ball to find Darren Smith, who placed it past the oncoming keeper for his 28th of the season.
Ronnie Warwick made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark, toe-poking into the bottom corner after the keeper saved his first shot.
Alnwick came into the game towards the end of the first half with a long-range drive tipped over the bar by Marc Mavin before Danny Donohoe grabbed a goal back after a disputed penalty was awarded.
Red Row scored straight from the restart to make it 4-1 after a mazy run down the right-hand side from Kevin Bell when he left three defenders in his wake before passing to the back post to find Josh Baston, who tapped in for his first goal for Red Row.
The second half carried on in the same vein with the home side playing some excellent football with Paul Smith and Matty Graham expertly pulling the strings in midfield and it was the latter who got his name on the scoresheet next.
He curled a fine free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
The lively Karl Taylor was introduced on the hour mark and his impact was immediate, tapping in at the back post to make it 6-1 before a jinking run from Giles allowed him the space to play across goal for Graham to double his tally and cap another very impressive display.
Donohoe grabbed a late consolation for Alnwick before Kevin Bell, who was a thorn in his marker’s side all game, deservedly put the icing on the cake by scoring his 30th goal in all competitions and Red Row’s 100th league goal of the season to make the final score 8-2.
Red Row squad: M Mavin, J Giles, M Smith, M Straker, J Charlton, K Bell, M Graham, P Smith, J Baston, D Smith, R Warwick, K Taylor, J Small, J Gray. HFC Pizza man-of-the-match: Paul Smith.