There was an impressive display at the back from Alnwick Town on Saturday away at Percy Main Amateurs, with a 3rd consecutive clean sheet ensuring that the Wick moved closer to the top 5 places in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.
There was little action for either keeper in the first 45 minutes, Brooks getting himself dirtier in the warm up than the rest of the first half.
Alnwick were pressing down the wings with Threlfall and Cunnigham, and looking to feed Colley and McClelland with through balls skipping along the wet surface. Opening chances would fall to both strikers, but McClelland would drill an effort just wide, and Colley would see an effort saved by Mooney.
Jonathyn Quinn almost broke the deadlock with a freekick outside of the box, but saw his effort curl away from the far post. Cameron Cunningham would find Mooney in fine form to tip an effort over, but from the resulting corner Alnwick found themselves a goal up. Cunningham's corner was met by Brendan Balmbra, who took a touch and fired into the bottom corner from around 10 yards out. 40 minutes on the clock and a goal for the visiting fans to cheer.
Half Time and Alnwick ahead, and the Purvis Park pitch was starting to get heavy due to the heavy rainfall.54 minutes on the clock and Alnwick thought they had doubled their lead. A long ball over the top was flicked on by Colley, who seemed to wrongfoot the goalkeeper, only to see his effort hit the post and roll along the front of the goal.
Numerous substitutions followed from both sides as tackles began to fly in, with no cards being brandished by the referee. McClelland was denied by Mooney once again seeing an effort tipped over, but he would get his reward in the 84th minute and seal the win for the away side, the ball falling kindly in the penalty area and being smashed home for his 11th goal of the season.
As Percy pushed to get something from the game, they were finding a defence in no mood to let go of a clean sheet. Bodies being chucked at efforts in the dying minutes by Balmbra and Dundas who were excellent in the centre of defence, along with Henderson and Drummond at full backs.
Full Time and a hard earned 2-0 away victory for Alnwick Town. 4 wins in a row with 3 clean sheets are pointing the club in the right direction.
Team: Brooks C, Drummond A, Henderson J, Muter C (Clark M), Balmbra B, Dundas L, Cunnigham C, Quinn J, McClelland B, Colley J (Schiavetta D), Threlfall J (Pickard J).
Unused: Midgely L, Slack T
The Hotspur 1364 Man of the Match: Lee Dundas
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