Terriers forced to settle for a draw
Esh Winning 3 -3 Bedlington Terriers
Bedlington Terriers Came away from Waterhouses on Wednesday night with a point but will rue missed opportunities which cost them two points.
Manager Keith Brown made four changes from the team that started against Billingham Town. New signing Brett Wilson replaced David Stewart, who sustained a broken finger in the incident when he was sent off at Billingham, while debutant Bradley Anderson, Kevin Westphal and Stephen Young came in for Peter Henderson, injured Kyle Dobson and Dan Costello.
Esh Winning started brightly with a 25 yard shot dropping over Wilson and into the net after five minutes to give them the lead, followed by a header from a corner on the right which struck the bar after nine minutes.
After 11 minutes, Terriers drew level. A John Sherlock pass put Westphal in on the right and he drew the keeper before squaring the ball to Young, who tapped in.
Then after 32 minutes Terriers were ahead. The home goalkeeper dropped the ball and in the ensuing scramble Andy Hall put the ball in the net.
Terriers had the better of the game in the lead up to half-time but were unable to extend the lead further.
On 49 minutes, Esh Winning equalised with a carbon-copy of the first goal as a 20-yard shot dropped just under the bar. Then, after 58 minutes, the home team were ahead when the ball was played across the edge of the Terriers penalty area before being fired in.
After 60 minutes, substitute Henderson played the ball in from the left. In the scramble which followed in the goalmouth, the home keeper failed to gather it and Sherlock tucked the ball home.
Both teams had chances to win the game but neither could score, as two minutes from the end of normal time Sherlock’s shot brought out a fine save from the keeper.