Celtic put six past Terriers to secure their safety

Bedlington Terriers take on West Allotment Celtic at Whitley Park.
Bedlington Terriers take on West Allotment Celtic at Whitley Park.
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Bedlington Terriers were put to the sword as relegation-threatened West Allotment Celtic ran out comfortable winners at Whitley Park.

Michael Bell put Celtic, who are now mathematically safe, ahead when he rounded off a neat counter attack.

The lead was doubled 15 minutes later when Sean Reid produced a top-draw free kick that sailed past the keeper.

Liam Hudson added a brace before half-time and completed his hat-trick ten minutes into the second half.

Jordan Nellis and Lee Scott goals gave Bedlington some respectability, but Marc Waite added a sixth ten minutes from time.

The visitors went into the game off the back of a disappointing defeat to Bishop Auckland, however, with West Allotment being thumped 5-0 midweek, expectations were high.

Terriers got off to the worst possible start as in Celtic’s first attack inside the first minute Bell scored after being played through by Sean Reid.

Bedlington’s only real effort came after eight minutes when a mix-up between the keeper and a defender allowed Scott to pick out a free Liam Davison, but his shot sailed over.

Struggling to settle, Terriers found themselves two behind when Reid scored from a dipping and swirling free kick.

The hosts may well have found themselves even further ahead if not for keeper Luc Glasper. Michael Hall’s low drilled shot was well saved by the youngster.

An inevitable third came just before the half hour. Hudson held off three defenders and managed to make just enough room to slot the ball past Glasper.

Bedlington could not find a foothold in the game and they were punished again when Hudson smashed the ball into the roof once Tony Lancaster played the striker through.

Terriers boss Gary Innes was drawn into making a change at the break with Stephen Young coming on for Andy Ferrell.

Young made an instant impact as he set up Jordan Nellis, whose shot sailed found the top corner.

However, the goal did not affect the way the hosts played. Ex-Celtic man Steven Little produced a goal saving sliding challenge that went for a corner, which resulted in the home side restoring their four-goal advantage.

Glasper came to claim the corner but ended up punching Jordan Nellis and Hudson had an easy tap-in to complete his hat-trick.

Nellis’ injury looked like it may force him off at first, but the forward played on.

Young came close to getting on the score-sheet when he rounded Daniel Mullen but his shot was cleared off the line.

Trying to find a way back into the game, Terriers got their second 15 minutes before the end. Thompson broke down the right and crossed for Scott, who made no mistake.

The goal gave Terriers some belief, but it was shattered when substitute Marc Waite, who had only been on the field a mere 20 seconds, headed home Lancaster’s cross.

On what was meant to be Bedlington’s opportunity to get their first win in eight games, it was West Allotment who took all the plaudits as they were clinical in front of goal and took advantage of poor defending.

The hosts could have rubbed more salt in the wounds when Luke Parkinson beat the offside trap, but the ball across to Bell was intercepted by Glasper.

An all-round difficult afternoon in all for Innes’ side, who now have a trip to North Shields midweek and welcome Penrith to Welfare Park next weekend.

Bedlington: Glasper, Harvey (Thompson 58), Walmsley, Davison (Calvert 82), Little, K Nellis, Wright, Ferrell (Young 46), Scott, J Nellis, Keenan. Subs not used: Donohoe, Innes.