Valuable point for Bedlington terriers in relegation battle

Battling Bedlington Terriers gained a valuable point in their quest for Division One status and were good value for a share of the spoils after a hard fought encounter.

The opening half saw both sides going all out for the opening goal which came to Crook in the 42nd minute when keeper Craig Towart could only parry a fierce drive from Adam Nichols into the path of the onrushing Lewis Teasdale who scored with ease.

The Terriers were back on terms ten minutes into the second period when a James Harmison free kick eluded home keeper Jack Norton to sail into the net.

The goal lifted the Terriers side and they took a deserved lead with a some what fortunate goal when Paul King got in a header that rebounded off the post only to strike the home keeper and roll into the net.

Crook pressed hard for an equaliser with the Terriers rearguard doing well to keep them at bay but the home side got their reward midway through the half when Adam Nichols hit a great 30-yard pass that found Lewis Teasdale who fired an unstoppable volley past the motionless Craig Towart.

The home side went all out for the winner but Harmison and Andrew Leeson were once again outstanding in defence.

Bedlington can look back on a point well earned and can face the remaining fixtures with a great deal of confidence.

On Saturday they travel to Newcastle Benfield.

Bedlington boss Keith Perry believes his side are good enough to survive in the Ebac Northern League Division One after recent encouraging performances.

He said: “I knew from day one with such a young and inexperienced squad that this would be a difficult season but full credit to the squad they have that will to win which augurs well for the future they will have learned a great deal this time around and know what this level is all about.”