Terriers battle for point against in-form Bishops
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers threw away points from a winning position once again, but managed to hang on to claim a crucial point against Bishop Auckland at Welfare Park.
Liam Hudson tapped home from close range on 13 minutes before Jonathan Wright scored possibly the goal of the season eight minutes later.
The visitors gave themselves a chance when Andrew Johnson pulled one back on 29 minutes, and the game was all square once again when Arjun Purewal headed home powerfully.
Both sides pressed for a winning goal in the second-half, but neither prevailed and they had to settle for a point apiece.
Andy Ferrell’s men had nine games before this one to try and avoid relegation, and they gave themselves the best chance by getting ahead in the game early on.
A fantastic advantage was played by referee Stephen Dial, which allowed the ball to be threaded through to youngster Michael Baxter.
Baxter then slotted across the box for Hudson, who tapped home from close-range at the back post.
It was shortly after that the hosts managed to extend their lead in the game, after some direct football it was rounded off superbly.
Hudson recovered the opportunity and pulled it back to Wright, who struck his shot brilliantly into the top corner.
Ian Ward could only head down Scott McCarthy’s accurate cross towards the keeper before the visitors pulled one back on the night.
There was a hint of offside to the goal, Jack Errington headed back to his keeper, but Johnson was alert and after lobbing the keeper, he simply tapped into an empty net.
The Bishops were level on 36 minutes after Purewal got ahead of his marker at the near post and headed home from a corner.
Ryan Beal produced a fantastic save to deny Johnson, and then Purewal skied his shot with the final kick of the half after Ward headed down for the skipper.
Ferrell’s men came out in the second-half like a rejuvenated side and looked the more likely to get ahead.
Mason Stephenson went close before Edward Wilczynski was on hand to deny Wright his second goal of the evening.
Michael Baxter saw his shot sail over the bar before the visitors also went close through Priestly Griffiths, but then the game began to stretch.
It was end-to-end action for the final 10 minutes of the game as both sides knew a draw wouldn’t be good enough as they’re both fighting for a cause this season.
Johnson sliced wide after being put through on goal, but again, it was the Terriers who looked more likely to go ahead and get a winning goal.
Marc Walton, who came on as a substitute for Baxter for the final 15 minutes, overhead kicked Paul King’s long throw, and Hudson helped it on its way to goal, but the keeper recovered.
Pressure was being applied, however, Wright missed the target twice in the closing stages before Bedlington survived a late scare as Adam Nicholls’ shot went inches wide with the final kick of the game.
Terriers: Beal, Pendlebury, Ferrell (Drane 69), Johnson, Errington, Stoneman, M.Stephenson, King, Hudson, Wright, Baxter (Walton 75)
Subs Not Used: Allen, Bartlett
Bishop Auckland: Wilczynski, Thompson, Hoganson, Purewal, Colquhoun, Griffiths (Woodhouse 69), McCarthy (Lambert 86), Nicholls, Johnson, Ward (Jury 77), Smith
Subs Not Used: Jobling, McEvoy
Referee: Stephen Dial
Photo: Chris Chambers CJC Photo