Terriers suffer loss to RCA in crucial match
By Andrew McDonnell
Bedlington Terriers suffered a killer blow in their relegation battle as they went down 4-1 to Sunderland RCA at Meadow Park.
Jonny Wightman put the hosts ahead inside four minutes, and he added a second on 22 minutes, before Michael Baxter halved the deficit five minutes before the break.
Jennings saw red for a head-butt on Paul Stoneman, and the latter was also sent for an early shower after retaliating to the incident.
A spirited second-half ended is despair as Callum Hope scored two goals inside the final four minutes of normal time to ensure the Terriers came away with nothing from the game.
After their 4-1 defeat in the Northern League Cup quarter-final through the week, Andy Ferrell will have hoped to get back to winning ways against a side that have gone off the boil as of late.
However, the opposite happened and just like in a number of games this season, the Terriers went behind in the opening exchanges.
A deep cross was pumped into the box and Wightman leapt up ahead of the crowd and found the back of the net, leaving the keeper no chance.
RCA doubled their lead midway through the first-half, after a great free-flowing attack, Wightman picked up the ball and produced a brilliant lob over Ryan Beal.
Bedlington had chances of their own through the first-half, and they managed to make one count minutes before half-time.
The oncoming RCA keeper tried to close down Baxter’s angle, but the youngster managed to round the keeper and score from a tight angle to give Bedlington a chance of getting something from the game after the break.
Jonathan Wright was forced off at the break after he took an elbow to the side of the head, Paul King came on as his replacement.
It was the visitors who came out and started the better, but a moment of madness happened shortly after the restart.
Jennings lashed out towards Stoneman, but the latter retaliated to the occurence and both men received a red card from referee Dan Woodward.
Ryan Drane had an effort cleared off the line, the crossbar and the post was struck in the second-half, but the Terriers suffered a blow when Sunderland struck on the break near the end.
Callum Hope settled the nerves of the home side and the same player added a fourth in injury-time, as he rounded the keeper and sealed all three points for RCA.
Bedlington now have only five games remaining in the league, four of which are at home, starting with Guisborough Town at Welfare Park next Saturday.