Bedlington Terriers 1-3 Heaton Stannington
Saturday 20 August 2016
The rain was coming down dogs and dogs at Bedlington as the Stan achieved their 1st league win of the season when Heaton Stan Harry and the team tamed the Terriers. There were 3 changes from Wednesday’s team and there was a familiar face (apart from the Captain Haddock beard) in the Bedlington starting 11 in the shape of Jon Wright.
Both teams started positively, despite the torrential rain, and the home keeper was tested in the 2nd minute. 2 minutes later and the Stan were in the lead when Dixon was brought down about 10 yards outside the box and Dan Robinson scored with a fantastic effort direct from the free kick. After Smith had caught a home effort, Robinson had another good chance to score in 10 minutes when the Terriers failed to clear but their keeper Holgate blocked his shot. Walton then had a shot blocked for a corner. Robinson was then unlucky when a Stan counterattack saw Holgate get to the ball before him. A minute later and he got by a defender on the right and into the box but his shot was saved by a great full stretch by Holgate who then saw the ball hit of the bar. It was still mainly one way traffic and in 18 minutes Robinson sent a ball into the box for Bailey but his shot was blocked. 2 minutes later and a Fulcher free kick was punched away by Holgate. The Stan attacked again before the Terriers 1st effort for a while went just wide. Wright’s first chance came in the 30th minute when the Terriers won a free kick and his long range effort required a full stretch from Smith to save it. Both teams continued to try to attack but both defences were doing well including when Wilson won the ball off Wright. Robinson was working hard up front for the Stan but it was the home side who had more efforts in the last 5 minutes of the 1st half including a long shot that was caught by Smith.
The Stan should have been at least 3 goals up at half time and they paid for their failure to do so when, after 51 minutes, the Terriers equalised with Kyle Oliver scoring direct from a free kick. Smith caught another free kick 4 minutes later and 2 minutes after that Wright did a dive in the Box that Tom Daley would have been proud off. In the 61st minute, good defending stopped a home attack although soon after they had another shot that skimmed the bar. The Stan began to dominate again and in the 64th minute Robinson was blocked twice. In 67 minutes Bailey shot wide followed by another Robinson attack although Dixon could not get to his through ball in time. Walton then made a great move but it ended in him shooting over when he could have passed. After 70 minutes there was a lovely through ball by Dixon to Robinson who got into the box and passed to the incoming Dean Imray who slotted the ball into the net. 2 minutes later and a Stan counter attack required Holgate to head away outside the box. The Stan were working hard and their effort paid off in 74 minutes when an attack involving Scott saw the ball passed to Imray who shot to make it 3-1. A poor home clearance 3 minutes later allowed Walton to get the ball and attempt a curving shot which required Holgate to make a full stretch to save. The Stan then had 3 further attacks before Bedlington shot over in 83 minutes. Dixon then had a shot saved with the follow up effort headed wide by substitute Bynoe. With 2 minutes to go Wright had a rare effort which, much to the delight of the Stan Army, went well over. The Stan were pushing for a 4th goal but it was Wright, who had been very quiet with his feet but not his mouth, who had the last attack but he was blocked twice by Smith and the Stan defence.
Dan Roberston had a great game up front for the Stan but they also defended well and benefited from a great performance by Fulcher. Despite the miserable weather, the Stan Army were in good voice all afternoon (except for some poor impersonations of a Scottish accent) and they were delighted by the Stan’s performance as well as with the result.
Stan Team: Smith; McCabe; James; Scott; Williams; Fulcher; Bailey; Imray; Robinson (Bynoe); Walton (Anthony); Dixon. Unused subs: Walker; Johnson.