Northern League: Esh rocked by Alnwick fightback after stunning start

Ryhope CW (red and white) battle against Pickering Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round. Picture by Tim Richardson
Ryhope CW (red and white) battle against Pickering Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round. Picture by Tim Richardson
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Esh Winning blew a two-goal lead on the opening day of the Ebac Northern League Division Two season, as Alnwick Town roared back for a 4-2 victory.

The hosts led by the 17th minute, thanks to efforts James Huntley and Brian Harrison, but Alnwick produced a storming fightback to take the points when Josh May (2), Liam Brooks and Brad McClelland scored.

Tow Law Town were another side to erase a two-goal deficit on their travels.

Chris Dickinson and Craig Hutchinson appeared to have Billingham Town in control, but, following Dean Thexton’s strike, Lee Blades levelled in a 2-2 draw.

There were mixed fortunes for the two new sides.

Stockton Town hit hapless Willington for six as the goals flowed from Kallum Hannah, with a brace, Tony Johnson, Stephen Roberts, Adam Nicholson and Joe Carter.

Blyth Town, though, lost out 2-1 at home to Hebburn Town, whose marksmen were Channon North and Jason Blackburn. David Robinson halved the deficit, but Blyth, who attracted a crowd of 257, were unable to find an equaliser.

An only goal by Josh Holland proved sufficient for Ryton and Crawcrook Albion away to Crook Town, while Whickham strolled to a convincing 3-0 victory against visitors Brandon United courtesy of strikes from David Fitzpatrick, Stephen Aiston and Mark Fitzpatrick.