Penrith Defeat Leaves Terriers Winless in Ten
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers conceded four goals for the second time in a week after Martyn Coleman scored a hat-trick for Penrith at Welfare Park.
The striker opened the scoring after five minutes of the first-half, which turned out to be one of few openings for either side in a scrappy affair.
Richard Faustino doubled the lead just before the hour mark before Coleman scored two goals in quick succession to take the game away from the Terriers two minutes before time.
Adam Harvey added a goal two minutes into injury time, but it proved to be a consolation as the Cumbrian’s took all three points away with them.
Bedlington came into the game off the back of a four-nil thumping off North Shields just three days before, and boss Gary Innes would have been hoping for a reaction with the visitors in and around themselves.
After a fairly even start to the game, the Terriers fell behind within the first five minutes, Coleman, who has been Penrith’s biggest threat all season, saw his first attempt blocked and fired home the second across the keeper.
They were the first team to settle in the game and they found a foothold, whereas Bedlington were still trying to recover from the early setback.
Just after twenty minutes Stephen Young found himself through down the right of the box after a neat pass from Jordan Nellis, however, his shot rolled to the keeper and didn’t cause any problems.
A scrappy affair played out during the mid-section of the opening half, with chances few and far between, Coleman had his attempt cleared off the line by Harvey, while J.Nellis’ drilled shot was fumbled and collected before the striker could follow in.
The Terriers closed out of the half strongly with three big chances to pull back into the game, Stephen Young, J.Nellis and Lee Scott failed to get on the score sheet with the latter coming very close with a curling free-kick.
With a lack of connection between the midfield and the forwards, Bedlington made a double change at half-time bring on Jonathan Wright and Keelan Nellis.
Although the change made an impact in the opening exchanges, with the side attacking more fluently, the Blues continued what they were doing for most of the first period.
Coleman found his shot blocked by the defender and from the resulting corner Grant Davidson flicked the cross on to Jamie Hope, whose acrobatic volley went just wide of the post.
The Cumbrian’s doubled their advantage when forward Faustino intercepted, what was, a very soft back-pass and made no mistake with the finish, calmly sliding it under Luc Glasper.
The home side almost found themselves out of the game moments later, after he used his strength to shrug off the challenge of the defender, his shot was saved well down low by the keeper.
After a strong finish to the first-half, the Terriers never really looked like creating a moment of magic up in the final third, the closest they came within normal time was when a lofted pass from Liam Davison was headed on towards goal.
A passage of play with few chances followed what was an entertaining start to the second period, the Blues came close again through Coleman and from substitute Lamin Cham, who saw his parried away.
Penrith’s top scorer Coleman found the net twice in quick successions in the dying embers of the game, after the striker’s effort was cleared off the line two minutes before from Keelan Nellis.
The first of the two came three minutes before the end, Coleman muscled off his marker and smashed his shot home, off Keelan Nellis on the line, into the roof of the net.
Bedlington were then left with head in hands when Coleman bagged his second goal in quick succession, completing his hat-trick, just 43 seconds later, practically a carbon copy of the goal seconds before, but down the left of the box.
Adam Harvey managed to bag himself, what turned out to be, a consolation goal deep into injury time, the full-back smashed home his shot into the bottom corner.
The defeat leaves Bedlington winless in their last 10 games, picking up just two points along the way, with the visit of Celtic Nation next Saturday proving to be crucial in their pursuit to end, what has been, a bad run of form.
Bedlington: Glasper, Harvey, Donohoe, Davison, Little, Walmsley, Thompson (K.Nellis 46), Watson (Wright 46), Scott, Young (Ferrell 60), J.Nellis Subs Not Used: Innes
Penrith: Richardson, Paul, Smith, Davidson, Little, Simpson, Hope (Street 78), Bell, Coleman, Faustino (Cham 74), Elliott Subs Not Used: Kelly, Newton