Alnwick Town 1 v 3 Darlington RA
Alnwick Town's losing streak continued as they failed to take their chances against rivals Darlington RA on Saturday.
|Alnwick Town||1 v 3||Darlington RA|
|Coyle L (47)||Wilson J (41)|
|Sims M (63)|
|Attendance 65||Bennett C (87)|
It was the basement battle of the Northern League on Saturday, as Darlington Railway Athletic travelled north for an early season '6 pointer' at St James' Park.
Kristian Sands came in for his debut at centre half following his transfer from Washington during the week.
It was a frantic opening few minutes of the game from both sides. Stephen Young had Alnwick's opening opportunity just 2 minutes into the game, but found his effort saved by Pentony. The ball was straight down the other end, and Darlington would hit the post with a shot that was almost in slow moton.
The ball would be straight back down into the Darlington half as Alnwick broke, and the ball fell once again to Young in the box, but he got under his effort and it went high over the bar from close range.
Darlington would come straight back just 5 minute on the clock, but luckily Sims almost smashed his effort out the ground.
The frantic start wasn't finished there. Chris Laidlaw would pick the ball up on the right, and as he headed for goal, his effort would bounce back off the post. A mad opening few minutes.
The game began to settle down, with Alnwick doing well down the right hand side of Riddell and Laidlaw.
30 minutes in and Alnwick should have been ahead. Josh Hay was played through one on one, but his effort was again saved by Petony.
Missed chances were made to pay once again though as the away side would go into the break 1-0 ahead. A long ball into the box was misjudged by Hodgson in the Alnwick goal, leaving the simplest of tap ins for Wilson. Heartbreaking for Alnwick who did no deserve to go in behind at the break.
2nd half, and Alnwick would finally hit the back of the net. Just 2 minutes into the 2nd half, a Tony Brown effort was blocked by a defender, but only into the path of Lewis Coyle who side footed home from 6 yards. (1-1)
The foot went off the gas, and Darlington began to press forward. Failure to clear at the back would allow Mark Sims to regain the lead for Darlington int he 63rd minute (1-2).
Thompson, Bright and Jackson were all brought on to try and get the home side back into the game, but it was centre half Fearns-Kennedy who almost drew the home side level, but his effort was deflected wide. Thompson would also have a header saved as Alnwick pushed for an equaliser.
Ultimately pushing men forward would leave the home side exposed at the back, and 3 minutes from time Callum Bennett would seal the game for Darlington (1-3).
It's now 11 defeats in a row for Alnwick. A side that lost only 1 of their opening 7 games has gone since August without a win, leaving us bottom of the Northern League. Some further games against sides around us in the table are coming up. The early season form has to be found once again to get the club out of this situation.
Team: Hodgson R, Riddell D (Jackson J), Lowes D, Fearns-Kennedy B, Sands K, Keenan A, Brown T, Coyle L (Bright P), Young S, Hay J, Laidlaw C (Thompson D)
Unused: Bell S, Laviers A
Next up - Brandon United away, Saturday 28th October 2017, 3pm KO