BEDLINGTON Terriers’s excellent run of form continued on Saturday against Team Northumbria as they scored five goals to secure their fourth successive win, with 22 goals coming in those four wins.
Man of the match Craig Baxter set the tone with a first minute header before two goals from talisman Paul Brayson and a strike apiece from captain Steve Bowey and substitute Lawrence McKenna gave Bedlington all three points.
After just 30 seconds, Steven Baptist was brought down half way into the Team Northumbria half on the left wing.
Full back Phil Cave flighted the ball into the area and found Baxter, who glanced a header into the bottom right corner of the net.
Team Northumbria almost struck back immediately as Bedlington keeper Kevin Morton was called into action, producing an excellent save from Daniel Riley’s effort.
Bedlington controlled most of the play in the first 15 minutes as Team Northumbria tried to get a foothold in the game.
Bedlington squandered the chance to make it 2-0 as the clock passed the 20-minute mark.
Another left wing free kick from Cave landed on the head of Andrew Leeson, but he could only steer his effort over the bar.
Team Northumbria pulled level on 23 minutes after an excellent counter attack.
After winning the ball in midfield, the ball was played through the Terriers backline where Daniel Riley had broken the offside trap. He ran down the right, drawing Morton out of his goal before rolling it across the box to John Sherlock, who fired into the left hand corner of the net.
Phil Bannister almost restored the lead a minute later, but his shot was saved by Andrew Jennison in the Northumbria net.
Cave sent over a series of corners, but the away side contained Bedlington well and easily cleared their lines.
Team Northumbria were then gifted a chance by Bowey as his misplaced pass fell to the feet of Robert Cavener who ran through the defence before hitting a left footed strike wide of Morton’s goal.
Just after the half hour mark, Bedlington got a second when Robert Story pushed Bannister in the back as he was rising for a cross.
Brayson stepped up to take the penalty and hit his right footed effort to the goalkeeper’s right, and although Jennison got a good hand to the ball, it was not enough to stop Brayson’s strike.
Bedlington began to dominate once more, which led to a third goal for the home side.
Cave played in Baptist down the left wing. The young winger hit a magnificent cross into the six-yard box where Terriers captain Bowey met the cross and headed into the bottom right hand corner.
The barrage continued early in the second half and the home side soon added to their lead.
Midfielder Kris Gate opened up the Northumbria defence with an exceptional through ball to Brayson, and the striker took a touch before delicately chipping Jennison from 18 yards out.
Brayson, searching for his first hat-trick in a Terriers shirt, almost produced a carbon copy of his second goal two minutes later. He once again beat the defence down the right, but this time his chip from the edge of the area fell agonizingly wide.
Another opportunity fell to Brayson on 57 minutes as he was played in by Gate once more.
Brayson bundled the ball across the box to Bannister who beat his man before playing a pass back to Brayson, who hit a first time effort from 12 yards out, but curled his effort wide.
Another two minutes passed before Bowey was brought down on the edge of the area. Brayson took aim once more, but hit an effort just over
The game calmed down as both teams made substitutions. One of these, Lawrence McKenna, made an immediate impact.
It was Gate once more who carried the ball down the left. He played the ball into McKenna who turned his man in the area before hitting a right footed effort on the angle. His effort deflected slightly off a Team Northumbria defender and left the keeper with no chance, completing the 5-1 rout.
Bedlington will now travel to Hebburn Town on Tuesday night to see if they can continue their goal scoring run.
On Saturday, Terriers are away to Guisborough Town.