Honours shared in scrappy derby

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IT was honours even at Dr Pitt Welfare Park between in the top six battle between Bedlington Terriers and Whitley Bay on Saturday afternoon.

A goal from Terriers centre-back Chris Carr in the first half was cancelled out by Paul Chow’s second half finish.

Whitley Bay started on top and should have secured the lead early.

Chow out-muscled a Bedlington defender before rounding keeper Jack Norton in the home goal, and he composed himself before hitting a shot left footed towards the empty goal only to see Norton manage to get back up and dive in front of the shot, getting a palm to the ball. Chow went for the loose ball but a diving tackle by Craig Baxter blocked the follow up effort.

Bedlington began to get a foothold in the game, forcing a serious of corners in the middle of the first half.

From one of these Phil Cave corners, the ball rebounded around the six-yard box before finally resting at the feet of Carr, who fired into the back of the net.

In the second half Bedlington began on top, creating a number of goal-scoring opportunities.

Firstly, Mark Doninger popped up on the left hand side of the field and hit a fizzing right-footed striker just wide.

Next it was the turn of Phil Bannister, who crafted himself space at the edge of the Bay penalty area. The striker hit a curling effort towards the right hand corner, but it fell agonisingly wide, within a whisker of the post.

At the other end it was Chow once more causing all the problems as he once again broke away from Bedlington’s defence and rounded Norton. The keeper did manage to push the striker wide, but Chow had an open goal to aim at, only to find the side netting.

But Terriers’ luck ran out soon after as a cross came in from Ian Watson down the right and Chow broke the offside trap and got to the ball first, bundling it past Norton to equalise.

It was Chow again who nearly put Bay ahead as he broke down the left and pushed his way into the penalty area. The striker tried placing his shot in the bottom right hand corner only to see Norton once more drop down and claw the shot away, with Baxter clearing up.

Things began to get heated late on with Chow and Mark Doninger receiving yellow cards.