Bedlington chairman calls for fans to back young Terriers side

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Title hopefuls Celtic Nation took the points after a hard fought encounter but were flattered by the final scoreline with a youthful Terriers side holding their own for the best part of the match.

It was two late goals which were the deciding factor which killed off any hope of a Terriers revival.

The visitors went close in the sixth minute when Stephen Skinner’s shot flashed narrowly over the crossbar, before Kyle Dobson’s brave intervention stopped Celtic’s Gary Rowntree from scoring.

Bedlington hit back with Paul Watson shooting just wide of the upright while at the other end Sean McCaffrey pulled off a superb save from Colin McMenamin.

Dylan Williamson was a constant threat to the visiting defence and his efforts were rewarded in the 37th minute when he cashed in on a defensive error to put his side ahead with a clinical finish.

However, Celtic levelled on the stroke of half-time through McMenamin, capitalising on hesitation in the home defence to score a simple tap in.

The second half was fairly even with both sides creating chances, the first falling to McMenamin who was inches away Rowntree’s cross.

Celtic took the lead in the 70th minute when Jacob Simpson finished off a three man move to fire past McCaffrey.

Bedlington missed a glorious chance to level the match when Williamson broke clear but shot straight into the hands of Celtic keeper Adam Taylor.

Two goals in the final ten minutes knocked the heart out of the young Bedlington side.

In the 80th minute, slack defending let in unmarked Paul Johnson who gave McCaffrey no chance before substitute Michael Rae fired home number four with the home defence all at sea.

Bedlington boss Keith Perry made no excuses for his side’s performance.

He said: “The final scoreline certainly flattered Celtic but we were well below our best on the day. Too many players were below par but I have said on many occasions that it will get harder for the younger element and they will learn as I am sure their time will come.

“Dylan Williamson put in a great shift and was always a threat. He is getting better with each game.

“Celtic are an experienced group but, with respect, do not look a title winning side.”

Bedlington chairman Ronan Liddane, in his second year in charge and with his youthful squad approaching the halfway stage of the season, believes the club have enough talent at there disposal to stay in the Ebac Northern League first division.

He said: “In the past we have had our critics in not giving youth a chance but that cannot be said this time around.

“If anyone had of told me that at this point in the season we would be on over 20 points I for one would have taken that.

“The youngsters have done well in a very hard league. Sure we will lose games but I am convinced we will keep out of trouble.

“We all accept that we as a club cannot compete with the big guns who have the financial backing but in time the young players will get better in the future and I am delighted with the progress that has been made so far.

“All I can ask for is that the supporters get behind the kids and give them all of their support.”

Next up At Welfare Park is Newton Aycliffe on Saturday, November 9, kick-off 3pm.