Alnwick Town 4
St Helens Town 5 (AET)
St Helens Town advanced to the third round of the FA Vase for the first time since 2010 with a nail biting extra time win in Northumberland on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors clearly weren’t affected by the 200-mile trip, taking the lead on the 12th through Chad Whyte.
Their lead was short-lived, though, as Alnwick’s Brad McClelland levelling for the home side.
Whyte restored St Helens’ lead before skipper Andy Gillespie extended Town’s advantage.
Alnwick’s comeback was sparked by McClelland with Tony Brown latching on to a stray backpass.
The visitors’ response was again swift as Bell collected a through ball on the edge of the Alnwick box and stuck an early thunder bolt of an effort.
Brown again levelled for Alnwick to take the tie into extra time.
There was to be controversy when Town were awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge on Gillespie ony for the referee to reverse his deicision after consulting with his assistant.
The game went into extra time and the teams seemed evenly matched but as the additional half hour wore on it was the visitors who took more and more control of the game and it was no surprise when they netted what turned out to be the winner with seven minutes of the contest remaining courtesy of courtesy of the persistence of Gareth Grant.