Terriers slip to bottom after Washington defeat
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers slumped to bottom of the table for second time this season after a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Washington at Welfare Park.
John Butler tapped home from close range to give the visitors the opening goal in the game, but Liam Hudson squandered chances to level, coming close on two occasions.
Washington doubled their lead eight minutes into the second-half through an impressive Chris Winn goal, compiling the Terriers to another defeat in the league.
After heavy snow overnight, there was some questions over the game, but an early inspection cleared any doubts and the hosts had the chance to bridge the gap to safety.
Ryan Drane’s early effort was wayward, but signs were there for Bedlington, while the visitors had an early chance of their own, with peter Denton producing a superb save to deny Mark Davison.
Winn broke through from a free-kick at the half-way line and put the ball across with his first touch, and Butler found the back of the net from inside the six-yard box.
Despite falling behind, the Terriers could have drawn level moments later when Alex Benjamin found himself in space at the back post.
Hudson darted in from the left and lobbed the ball up to the back post where Benjamin was, but the striker could only find the side-netting with a header.
When Denton came rushing out on 24 minutes to close down Winn, Danny Capewell had to produce a goal-line clearance after the striker slotted the ball under the keeper.
It was Bedlington who found themselves on top from there on in for the remainder of the half, Hudson beat the offside trap on the half-hour mark, but hit straight at the keeper.
The striker was making his return to Welfare Park after signing last week, and his deflected cross sat up nicely for Drane, but like his earlier attempt, his shot went over the bar.
There was enough time remaining for another chance, but this time centre-half Capewell saw his header cleared off the line by former Terriers player Steven Stewart.
Bedlington picked up where they left off after half-time with Andy Ferrell’s pull-back just going over the head of Drane after good build-up in the break.
Winn doubled the visitors’ lead after 53 minutes, after beating the offside trap, the forward opened up his body and lobbed his shot up and over the keeper and into the net.
The deficit forced the home side to push higher up the field and said deficit was almost halved when Kallum McGlen picked out Tony Stephenson, but Jonathan Carmichael got down well to save.
After Chris Wallace’s cross was only cleared out as far as Joseph Walton, the midfielder had no hesitation to shoot, stinging the gloves of Denton in the Terriers goal.
Denton kept out Winn once again before Bedlington’s final chance of the game went begging, a sweetly-struck free-kick by Marc Walton went agonisingly over the bar.
Washington came close to getting their third of the afternoon on 89 minutes when Alan Croft’s cross went straight across the six-yard box without a touch from anyone.
With such an impressive first-half display, the home side couldn’t seem to find that moment of magic to get themselves back into the game.
Results elsewhere meant Ferrell’s men have now slipped to bottom of the league with a crucial week coming up, with a cup quarter-final on Wednesday night and then Durham City in the league next Saturday.
Terriers: Denton, Errington, Dummett, King, Stoneman, Capewell, Drane (M.Stephenson 79), Ferrell (K.McGlen 60), Walton, Benjamin (T.Stephenson 60), Hudson
Subs Not Used: Anjos
Washington: Carmichael, Palatis, Stewart, Preston, Swansbury, Tait, Walton (Croft 83), Wallace, Winn, Davison, Butler (Cassidy 79)
Subs Not Used: Wardle, McGuiness, Shields
Referee: Daniel Woodward
Rating: 7 out of 10