Terriers Suffer Defeat to Basement Side
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers conceded four goals against West Auckland Town for the second time in under a month as they were beaten 4-2 at the WSI Stadium.
Anthony Hume and Kris Goss put the host’s two-up after nine minutes before Andrew McBride pulled one back on 14 minutes after a frenzy start to the game.
Lewis Martin fired home a controversial penalty, but Kallum McGlen’s strike nine minutes later was in vein as Chris Dickinson sealed the victory adding a fourth goal.
Having triumphed over Durham City, scoring two goals in the final 13 minutes, at the weekend, back-to-back wins was certainly in the minds of player and supporters alike.
However, Bedlington couldn’t have gotten off to a bad start, going behind after just two-and-a-half minutes of play, as the hosts simply piled pressure from the off.
Hume fired home after the ball ricocheted several times from an in-swinging corner, giving the Northern League’s basement side a surprise lead in the game.
The slow start from the visitors almost saw them go two-down in under five minutes, with Frazer Nairn keeping the game within reach with a top save, but West did double their lead soon after.
A long through-ball from the back seemed to be troubling the back four, and Goss scuffed his effort, luckily, as his shot trickled agonisingly over the line.
Hume had the chance to add his second after 13 minutes, but after evading two sliding challenges, Nairn was on hand to produce, yet another, good stop.
Bedlington broke to the other end with a quick and very direct counter-attack, catching the hosts off-guard, Marc Dummett broke down the right with pace.
The full-back found McBride, with the first real chance of the game, on the edge of the six-yard area, and the ball hit the striker’s knee and looped over the helpless keeper.
Another long-ball from the back troubled Bedlington, allowing Goss through on goal, after rounding the keeper the striker missed an open goal, in a chance that was harder to miss.
An end-to-end first 15 minutes of the game simply dropped in tempo thereafter, and Andy Ferrell’s men were the only team to create another chance in the remainder of the first-half.
Sam Walton broke with threat and Bedlington found themselves in a four versus three counter, but Liam Hudson’s shot was deflected inches wide to the home side’s fortune.
Although the hosts should have found their third after 48 minutes through Martin, who forced Nairn into a low save, they found it three minutes later in controversial fashion.
West’s striker appeared to have handled the ball in the area, but after a foul was committed a penalty was awarded seconds later, leaving both sets of supporters bemused at what was occurring.
Martin made no mistake with the spot-kick, sending the keeper the wrong way, and that drew the Terriers into making a double change after 55 minutes.
Anjos Celso and Marc Walton came on for Liam Davison and Stephen Buzzeo, and the deficit was pulled back to one after Nairn kept out Hume again with a low stop.
Hudson worked well down the flank, and K.McGlen lofted his shot over the approaching keeper inside the box, leaving half-an-hour to find an equaliser or more.
The game turned into a tactical warfare, with the hosts going defensive and the visitors on the offence, but it was Town that kept the Terriers at bay.
A defensive error led to the home sides fourth in the game, with substitute Dickinson scoring the goal that put the game to bed.
Bedlington then found themselves down to 10-men after Hudson was sent-off for an alleged kick-out after the striker had been fouled.
The defeat now leaves Bedlington without back-to-back victories in 11 months, and they now travel to Consett, who play on an artificial surface, on Saturday, looking to bounce back with a strong performance.
West Auckland: Stockburn, Crossen, Bell, Forster, Marron, Maddison, Seaton, Gardner, Hume, Goss (Hudson 65), Martin (Dickinson 80)
Subs Not Used: Farrington, Bligh, Jones
Terriers: Nairn, L.McGlen, Dummett, Liam Davison (Anjos 55), Little, Pendlebury, Hudson, Buzzeo (M.Walton 54), McBride (Stephenson 63), S.Walton, K.McGlen
Subs Not Used: Nellis, Skidmore
Referee: John Mulligan
Rating: 3 out of 10