Trialists Hand Terriers Victory in Charity Match
By Andrew McDonnell
Trialist’s Tom Skidmore, Kallum McGlen and Alex Laviers all scored to hand Bedlington Terriers the victory over a Koast Radio side in the match for Margaret at Welfare Park.
After dominating the opening encounters, Skidmore broke the deadlock after 22 minutes after breaking into the box and lobbing the ball up and over the keeper.
Koast tired and Bedlington took advantage, K.McGlen scored a sublime curling effort which found the top-corner and Laviers also opened his scoring account with a goal late on.
The match itself was in aid of the late Margaret Stewart, after she lost her battle with cancer earlier this year, and all proceeds were going to Wansbeck Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.
Bedlington came into the game still unbeaten during pre-season and they had the upper hand over their opponents, with Koast having only been together for a matter of weeks.
This wasn’t the first game of the day though, Bedlington Juniors under 11’s went down against Ashington under 11’s after the Colliers won 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
When it came to the main event of the day, both sides didn’t hold back, going for the jugular from the get-go, but it was the Terriers who almost took the lead through Adam Harvey.
Marc Walton and Stephen Buzzeo both had opportunities in quick succession after nine minutes, but S.Armstrong denied both players with brilliant saves.
Walton was played through on goal 10 minutes later, but the keeper denied the striker once again, coming out quickly and stopping the attack by diving on the ball.
Skidmore got the opening goal 22 minutes in, he gunned forward and after some neat build-up, he lofted the ball up and over the approaching keeper after Walton neatly played him through.
Koast’s first attempt of the game came through Brent Aisbett after 25 minutes, his shot from outside the area was well seen by Dan Staples, who made a simple save.
Michael Angus, who threatened down the left at the back end of the half, produced a brilliant floating through ball to Aisbett, but his attempt was saved once again.
Buzzeo latched upon Walton’s rebounded shot moments later at the other end, but Dominic Molloy blocked on the line, denying the midfielder the second goal in the game.
Koast Radio may well have shocked the crowd just 86 seconds into the second-half when Aisbett turned the defender and fired his shot inches wide.
Angus produced another fine looping through ball to the striker, but Fraizer Nairn, who replaced Staples at half-time, leapt onto the ball before Aisbett could strike.
Mason Stephenson, who score Bedlington’s winner against the Colliers, skipped past two player, but Rhy Richardson produced a last-ditch challenge to deny the trialist the opportunity to hit his shot.
The game was all in favour of the Terriers for most of the second period and Hudson was denied twice by ex-Terriers keeper Luc Glasper on the hour mark.
However, the hosts second goal did come, K.McGlen once again produced, yet another, top-draw finish, sending his shot into the top-corner from the edge of the box.
Former West Allotment Celtic man Hudson provided Laviers with a pass across the box, giving the 16-year-old a tap-in for his first goal for the club.
Bedlington lifted the trophy after proceedings in Andy Ferrell’s third game in charge, and they now face an additional friendly against 2014-15 Northern Alliance runners-up AFC Newbiggin on Wednesday, July 22.
Koast Radio: S.Armstrong (Glasper 46), L.Armstrong, Molley, Richardson (M.Dickinson 84), Caven (Batty (Robson 82) 46), Cotter (Oldfield 62), Jones (C.Dickinon 77), Garner (Dillion 46), Angus (Downey 52), Hullah (Glencross 20), Aisbett (Lewis 52)
Terriers: Staples (Nairn 46), Pendlebury, Skidmore (T), Liam Davison, Nellis, Gourley (T), K.McGlen (T), Buzzeo (Ferrell 62), Walton (Laviers (T) 73), Harvey (Hudson 46), Stephenson (T) (Graham (T) 70)
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Referee: Charlie Ford
Assistants: Martin Dochety and James Pogue