McCaffrey earns Terriers a share of the points

An outstanding second half performance by Bedlington keeper Sean McCaffrey earned his side a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Dunston UTS.

Terriers boss Keith Perry had to reckon without four senior players, bringing four youngsters into a reorganised line-up.

Bedlington started brightly with Dylan Williamson breaking clear on the right to send over a dangerous cross that Dunston skipper Ben Cattanach scrambled clear.

The home side quickly countered with Micky Kane seeing his first time effort cleared off the goalline.

But it was the Terriers who drew first blood in the seventh minute when Williamson left home defender Lee Bell in his wake to pick out Lee Kerr and the former Whitley Bay striker showed his class turning his marker to rifle a tremendous shot past the helpless Liam Connell.

However, the lead lasted minutes with Bell getting on the end of a left wing corner to shoot home from close range.

The makeshift Bedlington side fought back in style to regain the lead before the break with the impressive Kerr driving in his second goal after great work from Ross Dixon.

After the interval it was a determined Dunston laying siege on the Terriers goal with McCaffrey pulling off a string of superb saves from Dixon Teasdale and Shaw.

An equaliser looked on the cards and duly came in the 66th minute when, after a goalmouth scramble, Gary Shaw picked up a rebound to hammer a low drive past the unsighted McCaffrey.

The home side had there tails up continually driving forward but unable to beat the impressive McCaffrey.

Bedlington lost the services of Williamson, with Mark Convery coming on as substitute, and they came back at Dunston with Kerr and Cave combining well the latter shooting narrowly wide.

The work rate of the young Terriers side had Dunston frustrated throughout and they certainly deserved a share of the points, keeping in them in eighth position in the league.

Bedlington boss Perry could not conceal his delight after watching his put up a battling performance.

He said: “When you consider so many senior players unavailable I had to reorganise the team with some of the youngsters playing positions they were unaccustomed too but as usual they gave 100 per cent and I am proud of all them.

“It would be difficult to single any one out but Sean McCaffrey showed today what a great keeper he is becoming.

“I have said on numerous occasions that this is a season of consolidation and there are many hard games ahead but we will no doubt give our best shot.”