Ferrell feels Terriers were in different class for first hour

Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell.
Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell.

Bedlington Terriers manager Andrew Ferrell believes his side were ‘different class’ for the first 60 minutes of their pre-season game against Ashington Colliers at Hirst Welfare.

After playing the full game, the manager heaped praise on Adam Harvey and two trialists, but he also believes the team needs to learn how to control a game more.

He said: “I thought the first 60 to 70 minutes we played some unbelievable stuff, we were two up, but it may have been three or four. In my eyes we done really well.

“Kallum McGlen was magnificent all game, and Mason Stephenson has impressed through pre-season, his fitness levels are right up there.”

The Terriers, who had won their opening pre-season game against Red House Farm 5-3, beat the Colliers 3-2 after Stephenson’s last minute goal. |But they were sublime in the opening hour.

Ferrell added: “Pre-season games are always going to be a bit boring when players are getting tired and there are seven or eight substitutions going on, maybe people switched off or their legs went.

“The lads who started the game were a different class, and the lads who came on didn’t do themselves any harm either.”

After being asked about the 14 shots off target, Ferrell said: “I think Adam Harvey had about 11 of them. We are only two games and five training sessions in, the shooting accuracy will increase as we go on.

“All in all, it isn’t about the results, it is about getting the fitness levels up, we got over the line, but I am a little bit worried about the lads’ feet now.

“We need to know how to control a game, we look to get more goals when it isn’t just about that, if we keep possession then they can’t score because they don’t have the ball.

“At the end of the day, their goal today came from our throw-in because we were too excited to get the ball forward. I’d rather just kill the game off being two-nil up.”