Terriers Crash Out of Vase after Extra-Time
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers found themselves out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle after Durham City found two-goals in extra-time in their 4-2 win at Welfare Park.
Ryan Drane’s goal opened the scoring but Durham were level just before half-time when Callum Patton broke through and found the back of the net from a tight-angle.
Marc Walton bagged his fifth goal in three games with a header 50 seconds into the second-half, but the visitors ensured extra-time was needed when Chris Wallace fired home.
Patton curled home for his second of the game after 111 minutes and the Terriers’ misery was compounded when James Fairley bundled home the Citizens’ fourth.
After promising signs against Jarrow Roofing last weekend, Andy Ferrell would have been eager to get a victory in his first FA Vase game as a football manager.
However, they were almost behind in under two minutes when Jason Blackburn latched upon Paul Stoneman’s miss-kick, but the striker failed to hit the target.
Bedlington then broke to the other end, which allowed Kallum McGlen a chance to run at the back four, Thomas Flynn got a glove to the shot to parry it round the post.
The game started in a way that you would have expected a cup tie to start like, wide-open, end-to-end and chances being created on every break.
It was the home side that broke the deadlock, however, after 22 minutes, during a period where the visitors will have felt like they were on top.
Marc Dummett’s corner came swinging out to the edge of the box, when, debutant Drane picked up the ball and curled home for his first goal for the club.
Frazer Nairn was called upon for the first time four minutes later when Jake Fowler tried to catch him off guard, but the keeper saved well.
After a two-footed tackle came in on K.McGlen, the contest turned heated and realistically, the away side were lucky to still have 11 men still on the field.
They made advantage of that and drew level a minute before half-time, Patton was played through and, from an acute angle, he managed to curl into the far corner.
Bedlington were lucky to have gone in level at the break after a short pass from Ferrell was intercepted, Nairn played the ball off the striker, but Blackburn struck the post.
The home sides luck was well-and-truly in, spectators were still making their way back to their seats when they took the lead for the second time in the game.
Stoneman found himself through at the right hand side of the box, but instead of shooting, he chipped to the back post where M.Walton headed into an empty net.
Blackburn was denied by Nairn again just after the hour mark before Mason Stephenson broke down the left, Drane met the youngster’s cross, but Flynn saved well.
John Pendlebury’s clearance off the line turned into an attack after 70 minutes, Drane met Sam Walton’s cross with a perfectly-timed volley, but again was denied by the keeper.
Chances went begging and the visitors made their opponents pay for those missed chances as they equalised through Wallace after he was first to react to Nairn’s parry.
The tie appeared to be heading to extra-time, however, Bedlington almost snatched it in the dying embers of additional time.
Scott Jasper’s shot deflected off a defender, and Flynn was sent the wrong way, but just managed to get a strong glove to see it loop onto the roof of the net.
Both sides appeared to be drained for the vast majority of the first period of extra-time, Durham had the ball in the back of the net, but Patton was judged offside.
Drane and Jasper linked up well three minutes into the second period, but this was before Durham took advantage of Bedlington dropping off.
Fowler found a gap in the defence and threaded a pass to Patton, who made no mistake with the finish, curling up and over the keeper into the net.
The game was well and truly over when the visitors rounded off a swift break from the back, Callum Munro drew a fantastic save from Nairn, but Fairley followed in for a tap-in.
Bedlington have now been eliminated at the first chance in both the FA Cup and FA Vase, but their focus will now be on Wednesday night’s Senior Cup clash with Alnwick Town.
Terriers: Nairn, K.McGlen, Dummett (Liam Davison 64), Ferrell, Stoneman, Pendlebury, S.Walton, Anjos (Harvey 61), M.Walton (Jasper 73), Drane, Stephenson
Subs Not Used: McBride, Capewell
Durham City: Flynn, Munro, Allen, Brooking, Wilkinson, Wallace, Fairley, Pereira (Wardle 58), Patton, Blackburn (Lynch 69), Fowler
Subs Not Used: Haley, Lawrence, Carr
Referee: Shane Sugden
Rating: 7 out of 10
9 Shots 17
4 On Target 9
5 Off Target 8
1 Shots Blocked 4
18 Fouls Conceded 10
2 Corners 7
6 Offsides 8
18 Free-Kicks 24
44% Shooting Accuracy 53%