Battling Terriers earn point in Cumbria
By Andrew McDonnell
Adam Harvey’s strike that earned Bedlington a point
Bedlington Terriers came from behind twice in their game against Penrith at the World Group Stadium to pick up their first point in five league games.
Marc Dummett cancelled out Nathan Waterston’s early strike with a brilliant finish, but Penrith found themselves ahead at the break following Ben Jackson’s goal.
Marc Walton and a superb strike from Adam Harvey ensured that the visitors took a point home after Sam Bell put the hosts two in-front early in the second-half.
Player/ Manager Andy Ferrell challenged his side to show what they were made of through the week following their defeat to Seaham Red Star the previous match.
However, the Terriers found themselves behind once again early on, Martyn Coleman’s pin-point pass over the top was met by Waterston, who made no mistake with the first-time finish.
The Cumbrian’s may well have found themselves two ahead after just six minutes, but after Coleman broke through the defence, the crossbar came to Bedlington’s rescue.
Paul Stoneman came very close to equalising with a header after 14 minutes, but the Terriers did pull themselves five minutes after the defender’s chance.
Ferrell’s original shot deflected away and Dummett was then quickest to follow up at the back of the box and the full-back sent the ball flying past the keeper into the net.
Bedlington found themselves on top for a good period of time, with Harvey coming inches away from putting his side ahead, two minutes after their equaliser.
With all the possession and control that the visitors had, chances were few and far between, as they were going forward with great intent.
Jonathyn Quinn found himself through on goal after a defensive error, but his cut-back to M.Walton wasn’t hard enough, allowing the defence to cut out the chance.
The Blues restored their lead against the run of play four minutes from the break, Jackson received the ball and after confusing two defender, he picked his spot and curled home.
Bedlington were staring adversity straight in the face after they found themselves two behind just five minutes after the break, thus after coming close at the other end.
Coleman darted straight in between two challenges, his shot deflected up and the on-coming Bell headed home the looping ball at the back-post.
However, the attack from Penrith all started from a free-kick that was awarded for a challenge on Coleman from Paul Stoneman, with the ball being knocked away from the forward.
Just before the hour mark, Alex Benjamin came on in place of the injured Lance McGlen, thus being meaningful as the striker has signed for the fourth time with the Terriers.
M.Walton threw the visitors a lifeline after Ferrell’s shot, from outside the area, fell to the forward’s feet and he then lofted the ball over the approaching keeper.
The Cumbrian’s looked edgy and it was Bedlington who were piling the pressure on their opponents as they searched for an equaliser for the second time in the game.
Harvey took it upon himself 11 minutes from time to draw his side level, after picking the ball up, he shifted left and unleashed a magical strike which sailed into the top-corner.
Penrith were stunned and the visitors went for the jugular, but they couldn’t muster up a notable chance in the final stages of the game, despite being on top.
It was the Blue’s that came close to snatching all the points in the fourth minute of additional time, Coleman lobbed the keeper, but luckily the ball landed on the roof of the net.
Bedlington picked up just their second away point of the season and now welcome Newton Aycliffe to Welfare Park next Saturday as they look to pick up where they left off.
Penrith: Newton, Paul, Smith, Davidson, Little, Bell (Faustino 82), Jackson (Main 77), Hope, Coleman, Waterston, Logan
Subs Not Used: Murray-Jones
Terriers: Denton, L.McGlen (Benjamin 59), Dummett, Ferrell, Stoneman, Pendlebury, Stephenson, Anjos, M.Walton (Nellis 88), Harvey, Quinn (Drane 78)
Subs Not Used: Capewell, Nairn
Referee: Michael Andrews
Rating: 5 out of 10