Defensive Error Costly as Valiant Terriers Beaten
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers slumped to second-bottom in the Northern League after a defensive error led to the deciding goal in their 2-1 defeat to Jarrow Roofing at Welfare Park.
Marc Walton gave the home side an early lead after firing home from inside the box, but the Roofers were level on 32 minutes when Shaun Vipond found the back of the net.
Bedlington were caught out at the back and the visitors made them pay 12 minutes before the end when Jarrow captain Alex White smashed his effort into the roof of the net.
After Wednesday night’s emphatic display over Alnwick Town, winning 6-0, they would have been looking to carry on where they left off, and they did start quickly out the blocks.
Jonathyn Quinn was starting his first game since joining from neighbour’s Ashington on loan, but it was Jarrow who had the first real chance in the game.
Paul Chow failed to hit the target after the visitors threatened to break the deadlock, however, three minutes later, it was their opponents that did.
Marc Dummett’s corner was cleared out as far as John Pendlebury, who showed no hesitation to shoot, saw his effort bobble along to M.Walton.
The striker, who scored a hat-trick during the week, picked up the shot and showed the clinical edge as he turned his marker and curled his effort into the bottom corner.
Corey Barns drilled in a low cross after beating his marker down the wing, the cross was cleared though after it came all the way across the Terriers six-yard area.
Dummett linked up twice with Keelan Nellis against Alnwick Town, both headed goals from corners, and almost a third time in two games, but the latter could only head over under pressure.
The Roofers drew level and punished their opposition for dropping back deep off the ball, Vipond hit his shot home through a crowd of players.
Bedlington reacted well thereafter, with Mason Stephenson showing his quality down the flank, on three occasions before the break.
First of which came two minutes after the equaliser, the youngster whipped in the ball and M.Walton headed just over after outjumping the defender.
Quinn also got on the end of a Stephenson cross seven minutes before the break, but he hit over first time following great play from Bedlington.
Frazer Nairn saved well down low after the break after John Campbell tried to place his effort into the bottom corner.
Fifteen minutes went by before the next opening came, substitute Kallum McGlen was quickest to react to M.Walton’s lay-off, but he could only hit over.
It was Andy Ferrell’s men that were looking the more threatening going forward for most of the second-half, although the danger of Jarrow breaking out was always looming.
Sam Walton started a swift counter attack, carrying the ball from inside his own half, and after no Jarrow player decided to confront the midfielder he curled his effort at goal.
Daniel Regan kept out the shot and shortly after, the visitors then took the lead after a defensive error allowed the forward men to take advantage.
Kieran Wrightson latched upon a mistake at the back, his cross was punched by Nairn, but only as far as White, who fired into the roof of the net.
Campbell almost found the visitors’ third a minute after the goal, but his audacious effort from midway into the Terriers half came inches within finding the top-corner.
The visitors were content with the lead and held on until the end for the three points, a defeat for Bedlington which leaves them now only two points above rock-bottom West Auckland Town.
Ferrell now has to pick the side up ahead of a huge FA Vase, a competition that they were runner-up in back in 1999, clash against Durham City next Saturday.
Terriers: Nairn, L.McGlen, Dummett, Liam Davison, Nellis, Pendlebury, S.Walton, Anjos (K.McGlen 62), M.Walton (Jasper 75), Quinn (Harvey 78), Stephenson
Subs Not Used: Stoneman, Berry
Jarrow Roofing: Regan, Errington, White, Carson, Myers, Vipond, Barnes (Riley 61), Wrightson (Lartey 81), Campbell, Chow, Rundle
Subs Not Used: Burrell, Marshall
Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Rating: 7 out of 10