Terriers complete double over Durham and go top of table

In-form Bedlington Terriers continued there impressive run with a dramatic late show to complete an excellent double over Durham City within the space of four days.

Saturday’s 3-2 away win followed on from a 2-1 home victory in midweek.

And the double was of great delight to Terriers boss Ian Skinner, a former Durham manager.

Saturday’s 3-2 away win followed on from a 2-1 home victory in midweek.

And the double was of great delight to Terriers boss Ian Skinner, a former Durham manager.

The victory took Bedlington to top spot in the league, a position they held at this period last season.

On Saturday the opening half was a scrappy affair as Terriers conceded two sloppy goals, the first coming in the 27th minute the result of poor marking which allowed Callum Hope to win possession to shoot past Sean McCaffrey.

The Terriers keeper was picking the ball out of the net three minutes later when again poor defending presented Nathan Lawrence a scoring opportunity which he put away with ease to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

Up to this point little had been seen of the Terriers in attack with Durham just about deserving the lead they held up to the interval.

Skinner’s half-time team talk obviously paid off as a much more determined Terriers side took control of the game after the break, pulling a goal back in the 64th minute when striker Stephen Young finished off a superb build up to rifle the ball past City keeper Gareth Young.

Terriers poured forward to equalise in the 77th minute with 18-year-old Adam Harvey picking up a left wing cross to volley past the helpless Young for his first goal for the club.

The young Bedlington side sensed that Durham were reeling and took advantage when Young grabbed the winner in injury time, showing great composure to break through and lob over the advancing Durham keeper, much to the delight of the travelling fans.

Goals from Colin Morton and Dylan Williamson had earned Bedlington a 2-1 win over City at the Welfare Ground earlier in the week.

Terriers boss Ian Skinner said he was delighted with the victory over his old club.

He said: “After our poor first half performance the players were made aware of my feelings and that the effort was not good enough, but after the break they responded in great style to dominate with three great goals, particularly the winner from Stephen Young, who showed all of his experience to coolly put his chance away.”

Bedlington face two difficult away games at Dunston in midweek and away to Crook on Saturday.