Walton hat-trick as Bedlington Terriers put six past Alnwick in League Cup

Bedlington Terriers striker Marc Walton. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Bedlington Terriers striker Marc Walton. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Marc Walton bagged a second half hat-trick as Bedlington Terriers secured an emphatic 6-0 League Cup win over division two side Alnwick Town at Welfare Park.

Keelan Nellis opened the scoring with a bullet header inside three minutes and Adam Harvey doubled the advantage four minutes before the break.

Nellis headed home again five minutes after the break before Marc Walton scored three in the final half hour to round off an impressive display.

The hosts could not have started proceedings any better as Marc Dummett found Keelan Nellis from a corner and the defender made no mistake after losing his marker.

Bedlington looked dangerous going forward and Liam Davison went close before Alnwick created an opening but Frazer Nairn produced a brilliant save with his legs to deny Brad McLelland.

Adam Harvey doubled the lead just before the break with a goal that was well deserved after a great opening half to the game.

The midfielder ran at the back four and his trike found the bottom corner, leaving the keeper flat-footed.

Five minutes in the second half Dummett and Nellis again linked up and it was the latter who headed home as the ball went in off the post.

Another fairly good opportunity came the Town’s way when Luc Glasper almost parried Harvey’s shot into his own net, but to his relief the ball went just wide.

Dummett, once again, was involved in another Bedlington goal as they managed to find their fourth just inside the hour mark.

The full back drilled a low cross into the box and Marc Walton rifled home Mason Stephenson’s lay-off, rounding off a neat counter-attack.

Marc Walton bagged his second on 74 minutes when he followed up new boy Scott Jasper’s shot, finding the back of the net after the keeper parried the ball into his path.

Substitute Sam Walton fired off the crossbar on 80 minutes, and Nairn kept his clean-sheet intact with another great save from Ross Gair following a swift Alnwick move.

Bedlington notched number six two minutes later as game was played end-to-end.

Jasper, who showed great potential from coming off the bench, beat the offside trap and a well placed pass was thumped into the top corner by Marc Walton to complete his hat-trick.

Alnwick’s heads were down and the Terriers showed no sign of easing off.

Jasper drilled a low across the six-yard box after being found by Sam Walton, but Dummett could only get a toe to the cross, hitting wide on the stretch.

The striker did have one more chance before the end, as could Marc Walton, but a well-earned and emphatic performance was rounded off with the first clean sheet of the season.

Bedlington Terriers: Nairn, L McGlen, Dummett, Liam Davison, Pendlebury (Capewell 61), Nellis, Stephenson (Jasper 66), Anjos (S Walton 57), M Walton, McBride, Harvey.