Alford shock the league leaders

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Alford made the journey to league leaders Newtonhill who were boasting a 100% record so far this season.

Alford kicked off without a recognised goalkeeper and minus last season top scorers Ally Reid and Ritchie Taylor. Duncan Harper deputised for the management team who were offshore and on holiday.

The game started with Alford playing into a stiff coastal breeze and struggled to get out of the half during the early stages.

The first chance of the game landed to the wrong foot of Mike Reid who duly sliced the ball wide.

Another break allowed Robertson and Reid to outwit the home defence creating an opportunity for Reid to strike on his favoured left side, this time he despatched an unstoppable drive high into the net to shock the home side.

Alford were soon to prove this was no fluke when Ferries ghosted in at the back post to double the lead latching onto a superlative cross by Will Salih.

The home side continued to dominate possession and forced Alford into some desperate defending, one of which resulted in Keeper Latham injuring himself, rendering him unable to continue. Some quick discussions ensued which resulted in Ferries volunteering to take the jersey with Liston replacing him outfield.

With the home team looking to exploit this weakness Ferries was soon called upon, spectacularly palming a shot round the post from point blank range.

Just as Alford were looking to extend the lead they were hit with a sucker punch just on half time, where Ferries was left without a hope.

The home team started the second half with renewed vigour following their late first half strike but this was not to last.

Alford were soon to re-assert control with some neat crisp play from Rennie and Gordon who were starting to boss the central midfield.

Alford who now also had the wind advantage were next to score, some excellent wing play by Gunn and Liston which resulted in Rennie delivering a diagonal cross onto the head of Reid, who despatched low into the bottom corner for 1-3.

Soon after, the referee pointed to the spot to the away team’s amazement. Newtonhill converted the spot kick despite the efforts of Ferries.

This created a slight moment of panic for the away team, however this was soon allayed when predator Robertson converted from close range following a flick on from Reid to put the game out of sight at 2-4.