Poor Second-Half Display Punishes Terriers
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers’ top-goalscorer last season came back with a bang on his return with two goals and one assist during West Allotment Celtic’s 3-1 win at Welfare Park.
Liam Hudson gave the home side the lead in the game just before the half-hour mark after a neat counter attack, giving the home side a well-deserved lead in the game.
Ian Lee levelled the game after 54 minutes and Scott added a controversial goal five minutes later before a superb strike ensured the points went back to Whitley Park.
Bedlington were rewarded for a brilliant performance during the week against Whitley Bay which handed them their first league win under new manager Andy Ferrell.
The Terriers came close to taking the lead early in the game, Hudson found his effort saved well by Jak Wells after latching onto a neat flick on.
Challenges were coming in, which caused the game to start and stop so getting any sort of tempo was difficult for both sides.
The home side then produced a moment of magic to take the lead in the game, which started from a clearance which came out to Keelan Nellis.
Dean Briggs instinctively produced a delicate flick on to find Hudson, who made no mistake in the area, hooking home past a helpless keeper for the lead.
Bedlington were lifted and were pressing further to get another goal, and should have doubled their lead with eight minutes to play until the break.
Some more good work in the midfield allowed Hudson to play a square ball, but what should have been a tap-in for Briggs, turned into a brilliant one-handed save for Allotment’s keeper.
Wells was only able to parry into the danger zone and Briggs’ follow-up slotted under the keeper and struck the foot of the post.
Andy Ferrell’s men were resilient in defence and showed signs of unity between the back four, but Bedlington were second best for the start of the second-half.
Lee’s close-range shot was deflected fortunately over the bar before the visitors managed to break out from the back from a Bedlington attack to find the equaliser.
The striker gave Allotment a foothold back in the game after hitting home Scott’s square pass across the Terriers penalty area.
Bedlington continued to be second-best in the game and were wrongly punished five minutes later when Scott struck a brilliant shot from the edge of the penalty area.
The striker was first to react to a deflected shot, but an Allotment man was interfering with play in an offside position, which the linesman spotted and flagged, but the referee awarded the goal.
In the opening 45 minutes it was the visitors who lacked quality in the final third, failing to create a real opening, but the roles reversed in the latter half.
Allotment scored their third of the game, an extraordinary first-time strike on the flank from former Bedlington man Scott sailed into the top corner from 30-yards out.
Youngster Danny Sayer was almost punished for a poor header back seven minutes before the end which allowed Hudson through on goal.
The striker was quickest to react and drew the keeper into making a great save, which proved to be decisive as he kept their two-goal lead intact.
Bedlington’s mixed start to the season continued and they now go into Monday’s derby with Ashington having won their first game of the season and suffering a defeat in the space of four days.
It was certainly a game of two halves for the home side, a first-half filled with great play, but a second-half that allowed Allotment to come back and prevail in the game.
Terriers: Otte, Nellis (L.McGlen 62), Dummett, Berry, Pendlebury, Gourley, Stephenson (McBride 60), Briggs, Hudson, S.Walton, K.McGlen (Harvey 62)
Subs Not Used: Skidmore, Buzzeo
West Allotment: Wells, Kallis, Sayer, Dunn, Dobson, Anderson, Keenan, McRoberts, Lee (Patrick 67), Scott, Pocklington
Subs Not Used: Parkinson, Wright, Mullen
Referee: Adam Wilkinson
Assistants: Will Pare and Gavin Scott