Perry wants derby win to be springboard for Terriers

A pat on the head for Bedlington's David Brown after he scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. Picture by Ian Appleby
A pat on the head for Bedlington's David Brown after he scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ecstatic Bedlington manager Keith Perry said after Saturday’s 1-0 derby win over Ashington that he wants his outfit to use the victory to inspire them to claim further points in their bid for survival in the top flight of the Ebac Northern League.

Perry looked on as striker David Brown’s goal proved decisive and he hopes the club can move forward from the derby win.

“I’m very much hoping that we can use Saturday’s success as a springboard for our safety,” he said.

“We have been picking up points since December time but our latest result should give the young lads a bit of belief and fill them full of confidence.

“I’m really hoping that we can go forward from here because there are not many teams who come to Ashington and go home with anything – that is how good our victory was.”

Perry thought his side were worthy winners in front of a crowd of 340.

He added: “We didn’t have a game plan as such – we just asked the lads to go out and compete.

“We had to be organised and knew it would be tough with Ashington’s recent form. And fair play to the lads they got through the game, although it was difficult with the windy conditions.

“We got our noses in front which settled us down a bit and we defended when we had too, and overall I thought on our performance that we deserved all three points.”

In the half-time team talk, Perry asked his side to change nothing.

“All I wanted was for them to keep playing the same way and to keep focused because we knew Ashington would have a go at us,” he said.

“The Colliers have been doing well against the top sides and are not fifth in the league through any fluke – they have been consistent.

“But we played well and I thought James Harmison and Andrew Leeson were outstanding – and it’s three precious points for us which helps us greatly in our relegation battle.”