Terriers Punished for Poor First-Half Display
By Andrew McDonnell
It won’t be a derby that many Bedlington Terriers fans will want to remember for too long as they were beaten 4-0 by Ashington at Woodhorn Lane.
A dominant first-half display from the hosts was rewarded, Andrew Johnson opened the scoring after 12 minutes, and added a second before the half-hour mark.
Matty Grieve headed home Johnson’s free-kick for his sides third on 31 minutes, and the Colliers scored their fourth through Joseph Race, scoring with the final kick of the game.
Bedlington came into the game off the back of a defeat 48 hours prior to West Allotment Celtic, but they won at the Lane 1-0 last season, giving them belief that they could do it again.
The visitors created the first notable chance when Marc Dummett’s corner was passed on by Andy Ferrell into the path of Paul Stoneman, but the defender shot over.
However, with their first chance of the game, Ashington went ahead, an out-swinging corner came as far as Johnson, who skipped inside and found the top-corner.
Some more great play by the home side almost doubled their advantage, former Bedlington striker Dylan Williamson found the Colliers’ captain, but his attempt sailed over.
Ferrell’s men seemed to have control for a small period thereafter, but another moment of magic from Ashington’s top-scorer Johnson made it two-nil.
The forward was allowed time on the ball, and after running past two challenges, he produced a carbon-copy of his first goal, leaving Fabian Otte helpless in goal.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as the Colliers bagged their third, Johnson found Matty Grieve, who flicked on the free-kick into the back of the net.
Johnson almost capped off, what was, an impressive first-half display when he smashed James Moore’s low cross off the post nine minutes before the break.
Ashington’s first-goal gave them the foothold they desired in the game, as they took a three-goal lead into the break, with the Terriers requiring sudden improvements in the second-half.
Johnson started the second-half where he left off in the first and came close to getting his hat-trick, but after evading a challenge he couldn’t recreate his two goals and hit over.
The Terriers almost found a way back in the game, Ferrell effortlessly skipped past four challenges and set up Liam Hudson through one-on-one.
Conor Grant rushed out of his line to close down the angle and the keeper made a superb one-handed stop to deny the striker his second-goal in two games.
Josh Gray slashed over his chance just after the hour mark and Moore squandered his shot wide after Race latched upon a mistake moments later.
Another brilliant build-up from the visitors saw Kallum McGlen race onto a through ball, he created something out of nothing, but Andy McBride hit over the wingers low cross.
Signs of improvements were evident to see, but the Terriers just couldn’t find the back of the net with any chances, which may well have got them back into the game.
Despite both sides coming close, it really was an uneventful second-half, the home sides tempo from the first-half failed to continue in the second.
Bedlington were certainly the better side for quite some time in the latter half, but failed to take their chances, with Sam Walton’s late effort summing up their luck.
Four minutes from time John Pendlebury and Otte were caught in a mix-up, which allowed Race to get ahead, but he could only poke his effort wide of the post.
However, the substitute managed to find the back of the net with his shot three minutes into injury-time, thus after latching upon a perfectly-weighted through ball.
Ashington’s victory was confirmed and Bedlington have to pick themselves up as they welcome the FA Vase holder’s North Shields to Welfare Park on Saturday.
Ashington: Grant, Christensen, Weldon, Downey, Harmison, Grieve, Moore, Blandford (Gray 22), Williamson (Quinn 75), Kanda (Race 64), Johnson
Subs Not Used: Atkin, Bell
Terriers: Otte, Dummett (McBride 54), Nellis (Buzzeo 42), Berry (Laviers 60), Pendlebury, Stoneman, K.McGlen, S.Walton, Hudson, Briggs, Ferrell
Subs Not Used: Gourley, Nairn
Referee: Danny Markham
Assistants: Gary McMullan and Thomas Chambers