Scoreline Ladies didn’t deserve

Chapeltown I...5 Alnwick I...1

ALNWICK make the journey to top-of-the-table Chapeltown on Saturday, hoping to upset the form books and claim some points.

The Alnwick girls started with plenty of purpose and caught their opposition by surprise with some powerful running by Cook and Reed, delivering the ball to Murray on the wing for an early raid into the goal area.

Chapeltown cleared their lines and were fast on the break to send their forwards charging at the Alnwick defence. Some sharp tackling by Fornear and Oates won possession back for the visitors and Brown cut through a series of tackles to send a strike towards goal. The initial save was pounced on by Murray whose clinical finish gave Alnwick the lead (0-1).

Continued strong play from both sets of players saw some end-to-end action before the hosts engineered an overlap behind the Alnwick defence to slot home an equaliser (1-1).

Alnwick refused to be flustered or frustrated by some aggressive play from the Chapeltown ladies and Fairbairn linked well in the midfield with some neat passing to Cook, who continued to threaten the goal area. Against the run of play, Chapeltown fired a shot into the goal to take the lead just before the half-time whistle (2-1).

The hosts came out from the half-time talk with renewed vigour and, despite some spectacular saves from Graham, they scored their third goal to give themselves a good lead (3-1).

A well-directed ball from Horn found Pettifer in space and she danced her way past a series of opposition players and won a deserved short-corner. A well-worked manoeuvre from the Alnwick team was only denied by an excellent full-stretch save from the keeper.

Chapeltown’s bulldozing runs continued despite some resilient defence from the Alnwick and the score moved to 4-1 following another well-worked strike. A final strike for the hosts saw them walk away with the win and a rather flattering scoreline (5-1).

Alnwick: S Horn, N Richardson (c), J Oates, J Fornear, R Murray, A Cook, E Brown, C Britton, T Graham, E Young, G Pettifer, C Reed, S Fairbairn.Player-of-the-match: Grace Pettifer.