Johnshaven made the long trip to Alford for their opening game of the season with only 9 of their 25 signed squad available. Manager Williams drafted in two trialists to make up the starting eleven.
In the 6th minute last season’s top goal scorer S. Smith nearly put the visitors up after a ferocious 30 yard strike went just over the bar with the keeper beaten.
Alford dominated possession in the early stages of the game, and it was only a great save from keeper M. Smith that kept the score level after he thwarted the host’s striker when he looked to have scored with an audacious chip.
The home team did not have to wait long to take the lead. With the makeshift back four of Johnshaven claiming for offside, the on running midfielder ran clean through and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Johnshaven immediately hit back. Rausch played a 1-2 with Hood and crossed for Trialist 2 to equalise.
Alford were unlucky not to take the lead on the stroke of half time when a goalmouth scramble ended up with the ball coming off the Johnshaven post.
Alford did take a deserved lead in the 48th minute. A Johnshaven defender misjudged the bounce of a long ball and the Alford winger anticipated with a darting run to find him in on goal. Keeper Smith managed to save the initial shot but the ball fell kindly to another Alford player and he made no mistake.
Johnshaven had chances to equalise through Hood, Cruickshank and Comiskey, but could not find the back of the net, and Alford made it 3-1 with a goal similar to their second. A long ball was played from the back and the Johner defence again failed to deal with it. The striker took the ball down turned a defender and found the bottom corner to ensure the away side made the long journey back pointless.
Man of the match- Darren Cruickshank
Johnshaven: Matthew Smith, Adam Comiskey, Kyle Kulinski, Jack Dalgarno, Trialist 1, Scott Beedie, Jordan Rausch, Darren Cruickshank, Trialist 2, Lee Hood, Steven Smith.