It’s been a busy and successful week for Alnwick Town Football Club with three of their teams winning a league championship, finishing runners-up in another and reaching a cup final.
Last Wednesday, the men’s second team, Alnwick Town Development, were crowned champions of the North Northumberland League following a 4-2 away win over Belford.
Alnwick were coasting the match at 3-0, but Belford, with the aid of a penalty, got back to 3-2 before former Belford player Paul Meurs netted a late fourth goal to spark champagne celebrations at the final whistle.
The Development team secured the title with two games left to play. They were due to meet Belford in the return on Saturday but the match was postponed and will be played at a later date.
Meanwhile, in the Northumberland Women’s County League, Alnwick Development, after a 2-2 away draw against local rivals Morpeth Town, concluded their league campaign when they faced Newcastle University at Greensfield on Sunday.
Alnwick won 3-1 with goals from Stafford, Morrison and Wood, the victory securing them runners-up spot in the final table.
The attention then turned to the Ladies’ first team, who were in action in the North East Regional Women’s League Subsidiary Cup semi-finals with a tough home match against York City at St James’ on Tuesday.
Alnwick, had topped their group to qualify directly for the semi’s, whilst York had come through a quarter-final knock-out tie against Blyth Town.
They knew they were in for a tough evening, and so it proved.
The teams played attacking football throughout and the match was a great advert for the ladies game.
At the final whistle the sides were all square at 4-4, the Alnwick goals coming from Williams (2), Young and Stewart.
The game then went to a penalty shoot-out with Alnwick winning through 4-2.
Alnwick now progress to the final, which will be played this Sunday (May 30) when they they take on Wallsend BC, who also topped their group, and qualified straight for the semi’s. Last weekend, Wallsend played in the final of the Northumberland County Cup when they lost 5-1 to Newcastle United Women.