BEDLINGTON Terriers put their recent run of poor form behind them with an emphatic 3-1 win against lowly Penrith on Saturday.
Goals from Steven Bowey, Paul Brayson and Phil Bannister gave the Welfare Park side all three points, whilst a 76th minute wonder goal from Charlie Bowman proved a consolation for the visitors.
Terriers’ winger Alan O’Brien was in the thick of the action all day, and created the first chance of the game after just 90 seconds.
O’Brien whipped in a fizzing cross from the left, but nobody could get on the end of it and the ball was cleared.
The first attempt on target came from the visitors on 13 minutes.
Matthew Read took a left footed corner from the right hand side; his ball was met by John Jarding at the back post who headed goal wards, only to be denied on the line by new Bedlington signing Chris Carr.
O’Brien was yet again the catalyst on 20 minutes after Steven Baptist broke from midfield and found O’Brien on the left. His cross was hit to the back post where Brayson headed back across goal to an on-rushing Bannister but he was unable to keep his header down and the ball sailed over the bar.
A series of corners on 27 minutes led to the opening goal. From the second, O’Brien took the kick quickly to Bowey and he took the ball past two men on the left edge of the area before curing an effort with the outside of his left foot into the far corner, a fantastically skilful finish from the veteran midfielder.
O’Brien was in the thick of it once more just three minutes later as another floated cross found Bannister. The striker got a touch on the cross, but Jonny Jamieson in the Penrith goal saved at close range.
Penrith created another golden chance on 36 minutes as Read broke into the penalty area for the visitors. He hit a rasping left footed effort towards the top right hand corner, but Kevin Morton was there to tip over the bar.
Penrith came out after the half-time whistle with a fresh impetus and created some good early chances.
Just three minutes into the half Scott Allison broke behind the Terriers backline, but his effort sailed wide of Morton’s goal.
Minutes later Allison squandered another chance, firing wide again in the penalty area when it appeared easier to score.
On 53 minutes, Grant Davidson hit a free kick right footed at goal from 25 yards out on the right hand side. His effort was easily claimed by Morton, but the Penrith pressure was building.
Andrew Murray-Jones missed the best chance of the game on 56 minutes. After beating the defender, he found himself eight yards out, just left of the goal with only the keeper to beat. Murray-Jones’ left footed effort sailed a good four yards wide, and Bedlington’s blushes were spared.
Three minutes later Penrith were made to pay for their missed chances.
Baptist won the ball in midfield before finding O’Brien wide left. He ran down the line before hitting a fantastic cross into the penalty area and waiting at the back post was Brayson, who dived forward and met the cross in mid-air, powering it past the stranded keeper.
Brayson almost got a second minutes later as he broke the offside trap.
He rushed into the penalty area, but could not keep his composure as he saw his effort fly over the bar from ten yards out.
Richard Pell was the next to try his luck as Bedlington took a quick free kick on the right. Bowey whipped a ball into the box which fell at the feet of Pell two yards out, he swung a foot at the ball but could not bundle the ball in.
The visitors got a lifeline on 76 minutes with a fantastic strike from Bowman.
Penrith won a free kick 30 yards out on the right wing. Read hit a cross into the six-yard box which Morton came and met, punching it away from goal.
Waiting 25 yards out was Bowman, who cannoned a right footed half volley into the back of Morton’s net for an incredible strike.
Despite getting a goal back, Penrith never looked likely to score a second, and the game was put beyond doubt with three minutes remaining.
Another O’Brien set piece was aimed towards the back post, and waiting there was Carr who headed back across goal for Bannister to score from two yards out.
Bedlington remain third in the Ebac Northern League division one and take on Newcastle Benfield on Wednesday.