Terriers bottom after costly mistake
By Andrew McDonnell
Dan Staples’ mistake proved to be decisive as Bedlington Terriers lost to West Auckland Town, sliding to the foot of the table in the process.
Chris Emms’ free-kick bounced just in front of Staples and went straight through the keeper and into the net to break the deadlock after five minutes.
An uninspiring performance from both sides saw very few chances being created in the second-half, Liam Hudson could only fire wide with the only opening.
The Terriers came into the game knowing a win would lift them out of the bottom three, and it was a bright start to the game from both sides.
Marc Walton turned inside the box, but David Knight was onhand to produce a good low save to stop the hosts from going ahead.
Paul King challenged on the edge of the area and gave away a needless free-kick, in which West took full advantage as they took the lead.
Emms stepped up and his free-kick skidded off the surface just infront of Staples in goal, but the ball found a way through the keeper for the opening goal of the game.
Hudson went close on 12 minutes, the forward cut inside and left his man, but his shot was straight at the keeper.
Ian Maddison headed down Emms’ corner and Staples produced a spectacular diving save to keep out the defenders’ header, which looked to be heading into the top-corner.
Emms was denied himself after another free-kick was given away needlessly on the edge of the area, Staples emulated the save from earlier in the half, tipping over the bar.
Michael Baxter had the final chance of a scrappy opening half where neither team could get the ball down and play due to the conditions.
A long ball over the top was headed down by Hudson to Baxter, who could only fire wide with bodies lunging in infront of him.
An uninspiring second-half was to follow, however, it started brightly with the Terriers being on top for the opening 10 minutes, coming close from three consecutive corners.
West looked content to rest on their one-goal advantage, and the only clear-cut opening came on 62 minutes when Hudson came close to levelling.
Marc Dummett’s free-kick was flicked on by Walton, and Hudson, who needed a death touch to find the back of the net, connected well and sent his shot wide.
Chances were few and far between all the way up until the final whistle, the Terriers had one late chance, after the ball deflected off several players, Walton proded at the keeper.
Andy Ferrell’s men now have three games in the space of 10 days, the first of which coming up on Wednesday against Brandon in the League Cup, followed by home games against Ashington and Consett.
Terriers: Staples, Nellis (Stoneman 65), Dummett, King, Errington, Capewell, T.Stephenson (Drane 65), Allen (M.Stephenson 76), Walton, Baxter, Hudson
Subs not used: Anjos, Ferrell
West Auckland: Knight, Crossen, Oldfield, Brackstone, Marron, Maddison, Seaton, M.Hudson (Fenton 26), Burnicle (Hume 90), Emms (S.Hudson 56), Richardson
Subs Not Used: Farrington, Stockburn
Referee: Barry Gordon