FOLLOWING their 7-0 win last weekend against Billingham Town, Bedlington Terriers were unprepared for a 1-0 defeat at home to mid-table Bishop Auckland on Saturday.
After the Terriers had produced a sparkling team performance the previous week, fans had high expectations for the visit of the County Durham side.
But a single goal two minutes before half-time proved to be enough for the visitors to take all three points.
Bedlington were first to show and were awarded a free kick within the first four minutes.
But Mark Convery’s ball into the box was collected by Bishop’s keeper.
The visitors’ first real chance also came from a free kick.
This time Craig Pickering made an excellent save as the ball was struck low and to his left. The keeper going down late to deflect the ball away.
The deciside goal came in the 43rd minute with Daniel Hawkins on target.
With neither side dominating, the pace of the game slowed even further after the break.
It was not until the 53rd minute when the crowd saw some goalmouth action as Bedlington’s Steven Stewart was fouled just outside the box.
John Campbell stepped up to take the free kick but once again Bishop Auckland keeper Peter Jeffries was up to the task and saved the effort.
As the game progressed, Bishop Auckland became more and more content to hold on to their slender 1-0 advantage without pushing on.
An out of sorts Bedlington side failed to take advantage of the opposition’s approach and for the majority of the second half the game was played mostly in the centre of midfield with neither keeper really tested.
In the final minute Bishop Auckland’s Gareth Ayers was taken off injured, but it was not long before the referee’s final whistle ended a disappointing day for Bedlington.
On Saturday Bedlington are at bottom side Stokesley SC, who they beat 15-0 in the league and 9-1 in the FA Vase earlier in the season.