Terriers need one more point to avoid relegation

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Bedlington Terriers continued their battle to avoid the drop by holding in-form Penrith to a goalless draw on Saturday, gaining a valuable point after a hard fought encounter.

With Andrew Leeson and Ross Dixon unavailable, manager Keith Perry had to reorganise his side, bringing in Calum Donaho.

There was an early scare for the home side when a long ball from defence saw striker Martin Coleman run past his marker looking a sure scorer only to shoot wide of an open goal.

Terriers began to settle with Dylan Williamson working tirelessly in attack but lacking the final finish.

On the half hour Coleman brought a great save from Sean McCaffrey and at the opposite end James Loughborough brought an equally fine save from Tom Newton.

After the break the tempo picked with both sides going close to open the scoring. Terriers pressed hard with Loughborough seeing an effort cleared off the line.

Penrith were relying on the quick break, forcing McCaffrey into a string of outstanding saves.

The game became scrappy as the half progressed with neither side able to dominate overall a draw a fair result.

Terriers have two remaining games needing a point to retain their Division One status.

Manager Keith Perry said: “A draw was a fair result overall but looking back over the season whatever our fate there were many plus points.

“James Harmison has been solid throughout the season and of the youngsters Kyle Dobson, James Loughborough, Sam Walton and Sean McCaffrey have done well at this level.

“I realise we need more experience in the squad if we do retain division one status, but I cannot fault the effort and spirit the lads have shown over a difficult campaign.”