Terriers fall to clinical Red Star
By Andrew McDonnell (@AndrewSJourno)
Bedlington Terriers slipped to second-bottom on goal difference after a 4-1 defeat to a clinical Seaham Red Star outfit at Seaham Town Park.
The hosts took the lead against the run of play on 24 minutes through Richard Bird, and Craig Lynch added a second just six minutes later.
Ryan Drane pulled one back on 35 minutes, but David Paul restored his sides two-goal advantage with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Bedlington enjoyed more possession throughout the second-half, but the game was put to bed when Paul Gardiner rounded off a great move with a neat finish at the close.
The Terriers came into the game after back-to-back performances which pleased manager Andy Ferrell, and they picked up where they left off against Newcastle Benfield.
Lee Johnson and Paul King both came close in the opening 10 minutes after some terrific play, and the visitors probably should have gone ahead soon after.
Danny Capewell’s header found Michael Baxter, who instinctively struck first time, but Shaun Newbrook was on hand to produce a great save.
The keeper was on hand from the resulting corner after King found Drane on the edge of the area, and the midfielder struck powerful, only for Newbrook to save once more.
Seaham managed to record their first chances of the game on 22 minutes, but Paul and Darryll Donnelly failed to hit the target.
Moments later the deadlock was broken and the bright start from the visitors came to nothing as Bird slotted home.
Paul disguised a reverse path into the forward, who, after taking the ball into a good position, slotted past the stand-in keeper Marc Dummett.
Things went from bad to worse when the Star doubled their lead just six minutes after Bird found the back of the net.
Bedlington were left vulnerable at the back after being caught high up the pitch, Paul pulled the ball back across the Lynch, and the forward found the bottom corner.
After falling behind in the game to two quick goals, Bedlington managed to score, what was, a deserved goal in the context of the game.
Jonathan Wright burst through after a great through ball, and his shot was saved well down low by Newbrook, but saved into the path of Drane, who rifled home from close range.
The game could have been all level within minutes after the Terriers pulled one back, Drane saw his first-time effort saved well.
Dummett’s first real save of the match came four minutes from the break, he produced two great saves, from a header off Lee Kerr’s free-kick and then again from a header from the resulting corner.
It was the tale of the half as Newbrook produced, yet another, fantastic save to keep his side ahead, this time from Hudson after a superb run.
Despite finding a way back into the game, just on the stroke of half-time adversity struck as Dummett brought down Bird in the area after Wright picked up a knock.
Paul, who already had two assists in the game, stepped up and rifled the penalty into the roof of the net with the final kick of, what was, an action-packed half.
Celso Anjos replaces the injured Wright at the interval, but it wasn’t until the hour mark when either side managed to conjure up an opening.
The substitute and Capewell were both denied a goal after Newbrook continued what he had been doing in the first-half.
Anjos’ strike sailed towards goal and the keeper tipped over the bar before Capewell was denied after he helped on Michael Baxter’s dink over the back line.
The Terriers were lacking quality in the final third and chances kept on coming and going, Baxter was denied before King’s free-kick was kept out.
Dummett saved well with his legs from Gardiner’s strike before Drane was denied by a brave last-ditch block at the other end.
Bedlington dominated possession for the remainder of the second-half, but it was the hosts who looked more like scoring as they looked dangerous on the counter attack.
Any hope of salvaging anything from the game went quickly when the Star added a fourth with a minute of normal time to play.
A brilliant fast and swift counter attack was rounded off when Gardiner, who was slotted through on goal, found the bottom corner.
Dummett kept out Paul in injury-time, but the damage was done, the Terriers now have a big week ahead of them with two home games against Bishop Auckland and Penrith respectively.
Red Star: Newbrook, Walker, Scott (McBryde 83), Gardiner, Kirkup, Donnelly, Palmer, Kerr, Paul, Lynch (Reay 83), Bird (Galbraith 72)
Subs Not Used: Paylor, Kane
Terriers: Dummett, Errington, Pendlebury, Johnson, Capewell, Stoneman, Drane, King (M.Stephenson 82), Baxter, Wright (Anjos 46), Hudson
Subs Not Used: Allen
Referee: Helen Conley
Rating: 4 out of 10
Photos by Chris Chambers CJC Photo