ALNWICK Town boss Albert Straughan will say that you make your own luck in football.
Now just three points behind leaders Ponteland United with two games in hand, Straughan’s black and whites scored a controversial winner at Gateshead Rutherford.
Midway through the second half with the sides drawing 1-1 following a Tom Vickers penalty for Alnwick and Kevin Hay’s equaliser, there looked little danger as goalkeeper David Bebbington went up to catch a high ball under no pressure.
But it squirmed out of his gloves and fell behind him with the No 1 spinning around to catch the ball as it dropped. The referee indicated that it had crossed the line and Rutherford’s protests were in vain.
Ponteland couldn’t break the deadlock in an entertaining end-to-end goalless draw with Heaton Stannington, but bottom side Cramlington Town were banging them in.
Goals from Simon Wilson, Chris Bond and Kieran Parsons put them 3-0 up at the break against Percy Main Amateurs and although they were reduced to ten-men after the break and Jason Ritchie and Michael Bowman pulled goals back, they held on for the three points.
Wark are now nervously eyeing the drop zone after going down 5-1 at Seaton Delaval Amateurs. Steven Anderson struck twice with Craig Johnston, Craig Cook and Steven Howe getting the others while James Peel replied.
And Stocksfield aren’t out of trouble after going down 2-1 at Shankhouse.
Murton’s mini-revival came to a crashing halt at Harraby where they went down 5-2.
Jamie Heath gave Carlisle City a first-half lead at Walker Central and Ian Grainger wrapped things up after the break, while Liam Davidson scored an 80th-minute penalty and Dylan Williamson wrapped things up seven minutes later as Ashington Colliers went into the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup final with a 3-1 win at local rivals Blyth Town Jeff Fuller had given Blyth an early lead that was cancelled out by Mark Pattie.