Alnmouth United v Cullercoats

2pm  4 February 2017

Northern Alliance, Division One
Alnmouth United 2 Cullercoats 3 (att 17)

This fixture fitted in well at the end of a few days away in Northumberland, and what it lacked in skill it more than made up for in entertainment.

To be fair to the players the surface at Hotspur Park wasn't conducive to free-flowing football but, as is often the case at this level of the game, effort and endeavour are the important factors.

There was plenty from both teams. Alnmouth, finding their feet after promotion to this division last season, took a first half lead but held it for just five minutes before conceding an equaliser from the penalty spot.

They went back ahead thanks to a penalty of their own early in the second half, but always looked vulnerable in a game between two evenly-matched teams. Once Cullercoats levelled for the second time they had momentum, and it was no surprise when, moments later, they scored what proved to be the winner.

Hotspur Park is a rural venue. It's next to a cricket ground in countryside between the villages of Alnmouth and Hipsburn, not far from Alnwick. The pitch is roped off through wooden posts, and on one side there's a pair of dugouts and a few advertising boards.

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