Terriers Trounced in Final Twenty Minutes
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers suffered their first defeat under new manager Andy Ferrell as they were put to the sword in the final 20 minutes against Newbiggin at Ashington College.
Ferrell and Marc Walton made sure that the visitors went in ahead at the break after Steve Slaughter put the hosts ahead in the first 80 seconds.
Newbiggin took advantage of weary legs and fired home five times in the final 19 minutes, which completely turned the game on its head in dramatic fashion.
The men from Welfare Park have won all three of their pre-season games, scoring 11 goals along the way, and looked to keep up the unbeaten record against a strong side.
However, proceedings didn’t start the ideal way when the hosts took the lead in the second minute when Slaughter hooked home Michael Angus’ corner.
Newbiggin had started the better, getting in Bedlington’s face and not letting them play their way, but the visitors were only behind for nine minutes.
Stephenson played a perfect lofted through ball to Ferrell, who, after taking a touch, rifled home his shot up and over a helpless Craig Towart.
The goal helped the visitors get a foothold in the game and they soon found themselves rewarded for good play when Walton put the Terriers ahead.
Liam Hudson broke down the left and found the striker on the edge of the six-yard box, after turning his man, he fired home making no mistake with the finish after 22 minutes.
Hudson almost bagged a goal of himself, but he was denied by Towart after the keeper made himself big and saved the strikers shot with his face.
Half-time was looming and the Terriers almost fired in their third, Walton’s 40-yard almost caught Towart off his line, but the keeper spared the red face by getting a hand to it.
The final 10 minutes turned into quite a feisty affair with challenges flying in from both sides, and Newbiggin may well have found themselves level at the break.
Angus’ corner was fumbled around the Bedlington penalty area, and when it finally broke out, Martin Humble fired his effort against the crossbar.
Slaughter almost bagged his second of the game when he headed against the bar just after the hour mark, but he failed to convert Angus’ drilled cross across from two-yards moments later.
However, the game was turned on its head when Newbiggin scored two goals in 96 seconds to put them ahead for the second time in the game.
Brent Aisbitt took advantage of some lacklustre defensive play and tapped home, while Richie Morris saw his effort from the half-way line sail over the keeper and in after hitting the underside of the bar.
Aisbitt bagged his second of the game moments later when Frazer Nairn, who was heavily challenged, failed to collect a ball over the top, which left the striker with another tap-in.
Things went from bad to worse when Newbiggin’s fifth went in two minutes after their fourth, Chris Phillips found Kevin Halliday, who headed home unchallenged.
Ferrell may well have found himself with a brace to his name, but his strike from outside the area struck the crossbar denied the midfielder.
Keelan Nellis denied Ashley Smyth three minutes before the end with a goalline clearance, but the hosts did managed to find their sixth goal with the final kick of the game.
Half-time substitute Chris Phillips latched onto a neat pass, and after spotting the keeper approaching, he lobbed it over and into an empty net.
The Terriers now have under 48 hours to pick themselves up with the game away to Team Northumbria on Friday night being a good way to rebound and get back to winning ways.
AFC Newbiggin: Towart, Halliday (Trialist 82), Waters (Phillips 46), Slaughter (Smyth 75), Humble, Bone (Richardson 55), Morris, Muter, Hogg (Kennedy 26), Aisbitt, Angus (Hankinson 70)
Terriers: Staples (Nairn 46), L.McGlen, Skidmore (T) (Nellis 46), Liam Davison (McBride 58), Pendlebury (Lewis Davison 46), Stoneman, Stephenson (Laviers (T) 68), Buzzeo (Skidmore (T) 78), Walton, Ferrell, Hudson (Stephenson 78)
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Referee: Paul Taylor Jnr
Assistants: Richard Gray and Jamie Walker