Richardson at the double against ten man Norton

STL Northern League division one form team Bedlington Terriers moved up to seventh on Saturday with a narrow 2-1 win at Norton & Stockton Ancients.

With Anthony Shandran on the bench and the return of Stuart Elliot, the Terriers were looking stronger.

Bedlington began well and for the second week running Stephen Richardson opened the scoring with a strike on 11 minutes.

Stephen Harrison created the opening when he crossed and Richardson managed to get his head to the ball before the keeper to find the back of the net.

After a few discussions with the referee, Norton’s Andrew Marbron was booked for dissent.

Bedlington then lost Peter Snowden following a heavy tackle just before the half hour mark.

He was carried off with a knee injury and replaced by Chris Carr.

The home side were then reduced to ten men when Shaun Clarke was then sent off for violent conduct following an altercation with Terriers’ Craig Hubbard, who was shown a yellow card for his part in the incident.

Just before half-time Hubbard went close to double the visitors’ advantage after a good link-up with Richardson, but he was denied by the keeper.

The econd half started slowly before the referee once more came to the fore. This time it was Bedlington’s Mark Convery who received a yellow card for misconduct.

Shandran came off the bench for the final half hour as he looked to get his fitness back.

Seven minutes from time Terriers were stunned when Norton levelled through Darren Mowbrey, who volleyed the ball past Craig Pickering after battling past the visitors defence.

The goal seemed to inspire the Terriers attack and only a minute later Richardson scored his second of the game following a Stuart Elliot cross from the right corner.

Richardson slipped the ball easily past the keeper to put the Terriers back in front.

It was a lead they held until the final whistle.

Bedlington were due to entertain league leaders Sunderland RCA at Welfare park on Wednesday night before the side just above them in the table, Newton Aycliffe head north on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.

With games in habnd on a number of the top six above them, the Terriers will be hoping the two home games will bring six points and a climb up the league.