Terriers snatch win with late goal

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Bedlington grabbed the points after this victory over a Hebburn side who, on reflection, were worth a share of the spoils.

The Terriers welcomed back central defender Jamie Harrison and midfielder Stew Leeson with a starting place for youngster Andy Welsh.

The opening half was end-to-end with the Terriers going close in the first minute through Lee Kerr who shot inches wide.

In the 16th minute they created another chance with Davy Brown shooting well wide.

The home side were having their fair share of the play also but over elaboration in front off goal proving costly. Bedlington almost broke the deadlock in the 45th minute when the pacey Williamson broke through to bring a brilliant save from Hunter.

The game sprang to life after the interval with both sides going all out for the opening goal.

Hebburn were giving a good account creating chances but lacked the finishing touch in front of goal and it was the Terriers who stormed ahead in the 65th minute when Dylan Williamson’s cross was headed home by Davey Brown.

The home supporters were urging their team on and they finally made the breakthrough when striker Chris Smith hammered a left foot drive past the helpless Sean McCaffery in the 80th minute.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but the persistent Terriers snatched a dramatic winner in injury time with youngster Andy Welch marking his debut breaking through to lob the ball over the advancing home keeper.

After the excellent draw against Dunston, Bedlington’s victory keeps them in touch with the leading sides.

Bedlington boss Keith Perry credited Hebburn for contributing to a hard fought game.

He said: “Hebburn belied their current position in the league and on balance of play deserved something out of the game but its all about goals and we managed to get them.

“With Harmison and Leeson back we looked stronger.”

Bedlington coach John Egan said: “It was a 50-50 game with Hebburn playing their part but the work ethic of the Bedlington side was first class.

“There were many pluses particularly the form of Dylan Williamson and Kyle Dobson, a 17-year-old who on this showing has made the left back position his own.”

The win sets Bedlington up for Saturday’s home match with Crook Town, kick off 3pm.