Terriers delighted with battling point

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Two good footballing sides fought out a goalless draw after 90 minutes of end to end play with Bedlington Terriers fully deserving a share of the spoils.

The home side were enjoying the better of the opening exchanges but found it difficult to penetrate a resolute Terriers rearguard with James Harmison and Jordan Mellish giving nothing away.

Both Laird and McMenamin had efforts well saved by Shaun McCaffrey in the visiting goal as the opening half progressed and at the opposite end Taylor pulled off two good saves from Brittain and Bannister.

Celtic midfielder Willie Gibson was prominent for Celtic orchestrating all of their moves but they were finding the Terriers side a handful.

They were on the back foot as Dylan Williamson broke clear to bring a great save from home keeper Taylor.

The second half got underway with goalscoring chances at a minimum as Celtic continued to have more possession without troubling a workmanlike Bedlington side who with Stuart Leeson and Martin Brittain doing well were beginning to cause problems for Celtic.

Both keepers made a number of good saves but the game, played at a good pace, was mainly confined to midfield.

However, Celtic may feel aggrieved when in the last minute the outstanding Willie Gibson broke through the Terriers defence to drive in a terrific shot that Shaun McCaffrey brilliantly tipped over the crossbar

All in all a excellent point for Bedlington who on this showing can look forward to the new season with a great deal of confidence.

• The Bedlington camp enjoyed the long journey home after sharing the spoils with Celtic Nation, a side managed by former Carlisle United boss Mick Wadsworth and with a squad no fewer than nine ex-professional players.

Assistant manager Neil Saxton, in his second season with the club, said: “This was a well contested game with Celtic enjoying the lion share of possession but our lads created more of the scoring opportunities and once again the back four were outstanding.

“We have had a good start to the season with three games played conceding only one goal but will take each game as it comes.”

Manager Keith Perry was equally complimentary, adding: “This was a very good performance against a very good experienced Celtic side.

“Everyone played their part in a very entertaining game. The younger players are getting to now what the Northern League is about and there is a great spirit which augurs well for the future.”

On Saturday the Terriers are away to Guisborough Town, kick off at 3pm.