THE say familiarity breeds contempt, but this was not the case on Saturday when Bedlington Terriers met Dunston UTS for the second time in five days and yet again they could not be seperated as the game between these well matched sides ended in a goalless draw.
Bedlington made one change to the starting line-up as new signing striker Glen Robson, who joined from Sunderland RCA, replaced Craig Hubbard.
The match got under way with the Terriers kicking down the hill.
The early stages followed the same pattern as last Tuesday’s game, where most of the play took place in midfield with each side contesting possession with neither being able to convert it into clear chances.
The first opening came on 17 minutes when Dunston forward Bulford picked up the ball on the left side of midfield and strode forward before shooting from 20 yards.
Home keeper Craig Pickering saw it all the way and comfortably gathered the ball going down to his left.
Bedlington forged their first chance of the game when a strong run by Stephen Harrison won a corner, but sadly it came to nothing.
Bedlington almost had an opening on 35 minutes when a great cross-field pass found the overlapping Harrison, he then picked out Anthony Shandran who despite twisting and turning, could not shake off the attentions of Swailes and the ball was cleared.
Bedlington were having the majority of possession and almost broke through on 38 minutes after some great play between Harrison, Peter Snowdon and John Brackstone saw the latter find space and unleash a pile driver that Dunston keeper Connell just held beneath the crossbar.
Terriers boss Tony Lowery made a change at half-time with Stephen Baptist replacing Robson.
Bedlington began the second half as they ended the first.
On 47 minutes had a chance when Shandran picked up the ball out on the left wing and drifted across the box before shooting with his right foot, this was charged down and when the ball came out to Elliott his shot was also blocked and then cleared.
On 49 minutes Terriers their best chance of the gamewhen danger man Shandran picked up the ball in the inside left channel and powered forward before unleashing an unstoppable shot which crashed against the apex of post and crossbar.
On 52 minutes only a brave, last ditch header by James Novak prevented Dunston from scoring following a well taken left wing corner.
Dunston were beginning to show signs of intent, and it was only a superbly timed challenge on the edge of the box by Chris Carr on the marauding winger McAndrew that prevented an opportunity for him to give Dunston the lead.
The visitors then had a strong penalty claim turned down after a challenge by Snowdon on Goddard.
Dunston had the best chance of the game on 75 minutes when midfielder Dixon should have scored.
Following a free kick conceded by Elliott, for which he was booked, Galbraith whipped in a great cross that found an unmarked Dixon two yards out on the back post, but with the goal at his mercy he could only plant his header wide.
The remainder of the match saw one side then the other attack but to no avail with defences coming out on top.
Novak, yet again earned the plaudits with a man of the match performance.
The Terriers were due to entertain Marske United on Wednesday night with a 7.30pm kick-off.