Bedlington Terriers rise to the challenge to retain top spot

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Albeit with more games played than anyone else, Bedlington Terriers continue to top the Northern League table as they put in another good performance in front of a good crowd at the Welfare Ground on Saturday.

The game against Newcastle Benfield remained goalless at half-time with both teams failing to fashion any chances of note.

Bedlington, however, broke the deadlock just five minutes into the second hald as Dylan Williamson and Sam Walton exchanged passes in the midfield before Walton found Jordan Nellis on the left wing with a searching ball and he put in an excellent low delivery across the six-yard box where Lee Scott added the finishing touch.

The lead was doubled on 70 minutes with Nellis finding the bottom left hand corner from just outside the box. His initial shot had been blocked by a covering defender but there was no mistake made with the second attempt which gave goalkeeper Samuel Busby no chance.

The game was all wrapped up with five minutes to go with Nellis once again involved.

The referee had awarded Bedlington a free kick on the right hand side just outside the box which James Harmison took quickly, curling the ball into the top right hand corner.

But the referee ruled that it had to be retaken as he had not blown his whistle.

Nellis stepped up for the retake and he smashed the ball into the opposite corner to put the seal on another good victory.

Manager Ian Skinner said: “First half we didn’t quite play to the level we have recently and credit to Benfield for taking the game to us.

“Second half we made a couple of slight adjustments which helped us get to grips with the game.

“We opened the scoring with a well worked move and from there on we dominated the second half, scoring another two very good goals.

“I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but all credit to these players who keep rising to the challenges we set them.”