Terriers crash out of Armstrong Cup
Bedlington Terriers 2-4 Tow Law
Bedlington Terriers crashed out of the Armstrong Memorial Cup at home to Tow Law on Tuesday at Dr. Pit Welfare Park as three goal in a ten minute spell early in the second half saw the game taken beyond their reach.
Playing their fourth game in six days, Terriers were forced to make six changes from the team that lost to Heaton Stannington twenty four hours earlier with Trae Rowlandson, Scott Lowery, Patrick Gibbons, Connor Andrews, Ronnie Jones and Joe Moscrop coming in for David Stewart, Chris Glass, Steve Gibson, Chris Locke, Liam Clarke and Stephen Young. Due to injury and unavailability, striker Jack Foalle was forced to play in goal.
The visitors took the lead after 8 minutes when Kai Hewitson beat Foalle and Zak Atkinson to a through ball on the edge of the penalty area and slotted home.
Despite the toll that the backlog of fixtures has inevitably taken on the players, Terriers were not outclassed and had most of the possession, playing a passing game.
After 23 minutes the home team equalised as an Ian Heron free kick from the left was knocked in by Scott Lowery at the back post. Lowery was then the architect of the Terriers’ second goal after 44 minutes when he carried the ball through the opposition before passing to Connor Andrews who shot home wide.
The Terriers deserved their 2-1 lead at half time.
After 54 minutes Foalle was unable to collect a cross from the right, leaving Hewitson with an easy chance to shoot home. Then after 57 minutes Tow Law were awarded a penalty for a foul in the penalty area which Lewis Teasdale converted. Finally in the 62nd minute Dean Thexton was left unmarked from a free kick in from the left and headed home.
Terriers continued to chase the game with Ian Heron having a 30 yard strike saved by the keeper. After 78 minutes the home side had the ball in the net but it was disallowed for offside, and in the 86th minute a claim for a penalty was refused.
A win tonight would have added even more pressure to the fixture pile up with another game to be fitted in. There was some consolation for Terriers as Crook Town lost, leaving them a point above in the table but having played a game more.