Terriers Hit For Six Against Celtic
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers were put the sword as relegation-threatened West Allotment Celtic ran out comfortable winners at Whitley Park.
Michael Ball put Celtic, who are now mathematically safe, ahead when he rounded off a neat counter attack, the score was doubled 15 minutes later when Sean Reid produced a top-draw free-kick that sailed past the keeper.
Liam Hudson added a brace before half-time, only for him to complete his hat-trick ten minutes into the second-half, thus after Jordan Nellis pulled one back for the Terriers.
Lee Scott added another consolation for Bedlington when he converted Scott Thompson’s cross, but Marc Waite added a sixth ten minutes before the end.
The visitors came into the game off the back of a disappointing defeat to Bishop Auckland, however with West Allotment being thumped 5-0 midweek the expectations were high.
The Terriers got off to the worst possible start, 46 seconds in Celtic’s first attack of the game was rounded off with a neat finish from Michael Bell, after being played through by Sean Reid.
Bedlington’s only real effort of the game came after eight minutes when a mix-up between the keeper and defender allowed Lee Scott to pick out a free Liam Davison, but his shot sailed over the bar.
Struggling to settle in the game, the Terriers then found themselves two behind when Reid produced a free-kick that the professionals would have been proud of, swirling and dipping at the last moment.
The hosts may well have found themselves even further ahead if it wasn’t for Luc Glasper, Michael Hall’s low drilled shot was well saved by the youngster.
An inevitable third came just before the half hour, Hudson held off three defender and managed to make just enough room to slot the ball past the keeper.
Bedlington tried to get back into the game, but couldn’t find a foothold in the game, and they were punished once again when Hudson smashed the ball into the roof once Tony Lancaster played the striker through.
West Allotment went in at the break four goals to the good, and Gary Innes was drawn into making a change at the break, Stephen Young coming on for Andy Ferrell.
Young made an instant impact when Bedlington went straight from the kick-off to their opponent’s goal, Jordan Nellis’ shot sailed into the top corner after the substitute found him in space.
However, the goal didn’t affect the way the hosts played, ex-Celtic man Steven Little produced a goal saving sliding challenge that went for a corner, which resulted in the home side restoring their four goal lead.
Glasper came to claim the corner, but ended up punching J.Nellis and Hudson then had an easy tap-in to complete his hat-trick when the ball fell at his feet.
Nellis’ injury looked like it may force him off at first, but the forward played on after the blow from the keeper.
Young came close to getting on the score-sheet when he rounded Daniel Mullen, however, to his despair his shot was cleared off the line by Celtic’s defender leaving him with his head in his hands.
Trying to find a way back into the game, the Terriers got their second of the game 15 minutes before the end, Thompson broke down the right and crossed for Scott, who made no mistake in hitting the net.
The goal gave the side some belief, but the belief was shattered when substitute Marc Waite, who had only been on the field a mere 20 seconds, headed home Lancaster’s cross.
On what was meant to be Bedlington’s opportunity to get their first win in eight games, it was West Allotment who took all the plaudits as they were clinical in front of goal and took advantage of poor defending.
The hosts could have rubbed more salt in the wounds when Luke Parkinson beat the offside trap, but the ball across to Bell was intercepted by Glasper.
An all-round difficult afternoon in all for Innes’ side, who now have a trip to North Shields midweek and welcome Penrith to Welfare Park next weekend.
West Allotment: Mullen, Pendlebury, Hall, Dunn, Stoneman, Lancaster, McGlen (Parkinson 63), Henderson, Bell, Reid (Fenwick 75), Hudson (Waite 80) Subs Not Used: Allen, Douglas
Bedlington: Glasper, Harvey (Thompson 58), Walmsley, Davison (Calvert 82), Little, K.Nellis, Wright, Ferrell (Young 46), Scott, J.Nellis, Keenan Subs Not Used: Donohoe, Innes