A LATE tap in for Terriers talisman Paul Brayosn was enough to secure victory for Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday night in the EBAC Northern League Division One against a plucky Guisborough Town side high on confidence.
It took until the 81st minute for Bedlington find the net, with Mark Convery clipping a diagonal ball towards the back post where Richard Pell rose highest to head back across goal and for Brayson to divert the ball into the net.
It could have been a lot different as Guisborough started quickly and should have scored in the early minutes of the game.
After a good move down the left, the ball was fizzed across the box by Jaime Poole on the left to find Michael Roberts 6 yards out.
The striker deflected the ball goal-wards, but got under the strike and hit the bar.
Guisborough threatened the Bedlington back line again and again in the first half, and forced Kevin Morton into four or five saves; Roberts, Poole and Steele all being denied goals by Bedlington’s man of the match.
At the other end Mark Doninger came closest as he broke behind the defence only to be denied by the legs of Daniel Dixon in the visitors’ goal.
The rebound came back to Doninger who tried to chip the ‘keeper, only to get too much on it.
Desperate defending in the last ten minutes of the first half kept Bedlington in the game, with Richard Pell winning every header in the Terriers penalty area.
In the second half Bedlington fared much better, and spent most of the half on the front foot.
After a quiet first half Martin Brittain came to life on the left wing, hitting a wonderful curling cross to Doninger, who fluffed his first attempt, and fired over after composing himself.
As the second half progressed, frustration began to build for the home side, and Neil Saxton was unable to turn to his bench as only an injured Phil Bannister and U17 Olly Ure sat there.
Bedlington turned the screw and brought more pressure on the Town goal, which left opportunities on the counter for the Priorymen, but Kevin Morton was in imperious form, and denied them every chance they got.
With nine minutes remaining, Brayson finally broke the deadlock to score is 31st goal of the season and put the home side in position to take all three points. Guisborough, despite being behind, created nothing in the last ten minutes, and it was the Terriers who looked more likely to double their lead.
Bedlington saw out the remaining time to take the three points and keep Guisborough behind them in the table.