Comfortable win for Terriers at Whitley Park
By Andrew McDonnell
Photo Taken by Chris Chambers (CJC Photo)
Bedlington Terriers produced an impressive performance when they needed it the most as they ran out 3-0 winners against West Allotment Celtic at Whitley Park.
Tony Stephenson handed the visitors a deserved lead early in the game and Marc Walton doubled the advantage during a dominant first-half.
The Terriers were reduced to 10-men after John Pendlebury was dismissed inside the first 10 minutes of the second-half for violent conduct.
However, Andy Ferrell’s men remained in control of the game and youngster Michael Baxter wrapped up the contest with a composed finish in injury time, handing the Terriers a vital three points.
It had been 35 days since Bedlington kicked a ball in anger in the league, and 57 days for Allotment, but the cobwebs didn’t show as both sides got off to a quick start.
Dan Robinson may well have opened the scoring inside a minute, but after seeing the keeper in no-mans-land, he put the ball wide of the post.
Paul King’s floated corner found the on-coming Danny Capewell, who unleashed a bullet header that struck the foot of the post to his despair.
That despair didn’t last for long though, the Terriers broke the deadlock on nine minutes thanks to a neat finish at the back post from T.Stephenson.
Walton’s shot deflected off an Allotment defender and into the path of the forward at the back post, and he made no mistake with the finish, slotting home from close-range.
A quiet spell in the game was broken when Walton forced Jak Wells into producing a one-handed save, his free-kick took a deflection and looked like it was heading in, but the keeper scrambled to stop it going over the line.
Walton did however get on the score-sheet after the half-hour mark, a burst of pace saw the forward ease past his marker and his shot took a slight deflection on its way in.
Allotment may well have been back into the game in an instant, Robinson forced Peter Denton into making a save with his legs, but Andrew Keenan’s effort was blocked bravely to keep the two-goal lead in-tact.
King had an effort of his own after Ryan Drane picked him out on the edge of the box, but he failed to hit the target, just like Danny Sayer for the hosts before half-time.
Again, Allotment failed to make the most of two good chances early in the second-half, Michael Hall headed over a brilliant opportunity and Sam Walton fired wide from range.
For a moment it looked like Bedlington were going to be awarded a penalty after Pendlebury was wrestled to the ground, but a moment of madness after saw the skipper depart just eight minutes after the break.
The Terriers had three bites of the cherry on 67 minutes to kill the game off inevitably, but they were saved and blocked superbly to deny them a third goal in the game.
Dan Taggart found himself in acres of space after former Terriers Stephen Young picked him out, but the forward’s day was summed up when he sent the ball flying over the bar.
Moments after being introduced, Baxter showed everyone in attendance his blistering pace and after he skipped past his man with ease, his drilled cross deflected off a defender and inches wide.
Bedlington kept on frustrating Allotment, even with ten-men, restricting them to long-range efforts, and the closest they managed to come throughout the half was in injury time.
Keelan Nellis produced a goal-saving header off the line from Young’s shot and from that break, the Terriers put the game to bed with a third goal.
Walton put through Baxter with a superb cross-field pass, and the youngster kept his composure and rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Bedlington wrapped up their third win in four league games, and they have a big week, travelling to West Auckland in the League Cup before welcoming Morpeth Town to Welfare Park next Saturday.
Allotment: Wells, J.Hall (Deagle 46), Sayer, Dunn, Dobson, M.Hall, Keenan, Henderson, Robinson (Webster 46), Taggart, Walton (Young 67)
Subs Not Used: Parkinson, Bradley
Terriers: Denton, Pendlebury, Dummett, King, Errington, Capewell, T.Stephenson (Baxter 68), Allen (Anjos 81), Walton, Drane (Nellis 55), Hudson
Subs Not Used: M.Stephenson, Ferrell
Referee: Dan Woodward