Walton Bags Hat-Trick in Alnwick Rout
By Andrew McDonnell
Marc Walton bagged a hat-trick in the second-half during Bedlington Terriers’ emphatic 6-0 League Cup win over Second Division Alnwick Town at Welfare Park.
Keelan Nellis opened the scoring with a bullet header inside three minutes and Adam Harvey doubled the advantage four minutes before the break.
Nellis headed home again five minutes into the second-half before M.Walton scored three goals in the final half-an-hour to round off an impressive display.
After Saturday’s defeat to Consett, the Terriers were looking to forget their league woes and get through to the next round of the Northern League Cup.
The hosts couldn’t have started proceedings any better, a quick start to the game saw Bedlington go on the attack from the off.
Marc Dummett found the head of Keelan Nellis from a corner and the defender made no mistake in finding the back of the net after leaving his marker behind.
Bedlington looked dangerous going forward and they were well in control of the game, keeping possession at all opportunities, while the tempo mellowed.
Liam Davison’s couldn’t find the target with his effort and Frazer Nairn produced a brilliant save with his legs to keep out Brad McLelland.
This was all before Adam Harvey doubled the hosts lead just before the break, a goal that was well-deserved after a great opening half to the game.
The midfielder picked up the ball, and after running at the back four, he unleashed a strike that sailed into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper flat-footed.
Harvey could have got his second of the game with the final kick of the half, but his shot failed to trouble the Alnwick keeper.
Dummett and Nellis linked up once again, this time it was five minutes into the second-half, again, the latter headed home, except this time it ricocheted off the post and in.
Another fairly good opportunity came the visitor’s way, McLelland headed over before Luc Glasper almost parried Harvey’s shot into his own net, but to his relief, the ball went just wide.
Dummett, once again, was involved in another Bedlington goal, as they managed to find their fourth just inside the hour mark.
The full-back drilled a low cross in, and Marc Walton rifled home Mason Stephenson’s lay-off first-time, rounding off a neat counter-attack.
Walton bagged his second of the game on 74 minutes when he followed up new-boy Scott Jasper’s shot, finding the back of the net after the keeper parried the ball into his path.
Substitute Sam Walton fired off the crossbar on 80 minutes, and Nairn kept his clean-sheet intact with another great save from Ross Gair following the Magpie’s swift move.
Bedlington did however, record goal number six two minutes later, a goal which you could see coming after the game turned open and end-to-end.
Jasper, who showed great potential from coming off the bench, beat the off-side trap and a well-placed pass across was thumped into the top-corner by M.Walton to complete his hat-trick.
By this moment in the game, Alnwick’s heads were down and the Terriers showed no sign of easing off the pressure.
Jasper drilled low across the six-yard box after being found by S.Walton, but Dummett could only get a toe to the cross, hitting wide on the stretch.
The striker did have one more chance before the end, as did M.Walton, but a well-earned, emphatic performance was rounded off with the first clean-sheet of the season.
Andy Ferrell’s men now go into Saturday’s clash with Jarrow Roofing at Welfare Park off the back of as win and with confidence after a ruthless display in attack.
Terriers: Nairn, L.McGlen, Dummett, Liam Davison, Pendlebury (Capewell 61), Nellis, Stephenson (Jasper 66), Anjos (S.Walton 57), M.Walton, McBride, Harvey
Subs Not Used: Skidmore
Alnwick Town: Glasper, Straughan, Dundas, J.Willis, MacPherson, Egan (Dixon 62), Riddell, T.Brown (K.Willis 54), McLelland, Gair, Jackson (D.Brown 54)
Subs Not Used: Brooks, Briggs
Referee: Craig Dean
Rating: 9 out of 10