Bedlington Terriers will put Saturday’s defeat down to a bad day at the office with Newton Aycliffe just about deserving victory over the 90 minutes.
Terriers manager Keith Perry had to reshuffle his side with three regulars missing but made no excuses for his side’s dismal first half showing.
He said: “I was disappointed with our first half display. We never got out the starting blocks and indeed were fortunate going in at halftime to trail 1-0.
“Had it not been for another great goalkeeping performance from Sean McCaffrey the game could have been out of sight but again I have to give credit for the second half fight back.”
Aycliffe made their intentions clear from the start with Jamie Owens testing McCaffrey with first time drive. Both Owens and Dan Wilson were prominent as the visitors pushed forward at every opportunity with McCaffrey always alert to any danger.
However, the Terriers’ keeper was finally beaten in the 33rd minute when Owens was allowed a clear run on goal and he made no mistake coolly firing home to give his side a deserved lead.
After the break the Terriers opened in more determined fashion with Aycliffe doing well to scramble a Davey Brown effort clear. Within a minute Dylan Williamson got in dangerous cross that saw Brown shoot wide of the target when well placed.
Terriers were giving a better account as the half progressed but conceded a some what fortunate second in the 59th minute when Dan Brown’s low cross crept just inside the post.
Bedlington were quick to respond pulling a goal back in the 70th minute when Williamson won possession to shoot past Andrew Spence.
And their persistence paid off four minutes later when Davey Brown took advantage of hesitancy in the Aycliffe defence to leave Spence helpless with a great finish to level the match.
Bedlington went all out for the winner but were caught on the break in the 80th minute when Aycliffe striker Jamie Owens picked up a long ball from defence to shoot past the advancing McCaffrey.
Next up for the Terriers on Saturday is Consett at home with a 3pm kick off then on Wednesday, November 20, they face Blyth Spartans in the Senior Cup Quarter Final at Welfare Park, kick off 7.45pm.