Terriers hold off a Billingham fightback
Bedlington Terriers picked up all three points on Saturday after holding off a late fight back by Billingham Town.
Terriers were 3-0 before the visitors scored two late goals.
From the kick-off, Kyle Oliver put in a great long range effort which their keeper had to tip over the bar.
Not to be outdone, within two minutes Lee Scott put Bedlington ahead with a great finish, shooting low into the corner.
Billingham came back and top scorer Craig Hutchinson had a good shot well saved by Dave Stewart in the Terriers goal.
In an excellent end to end game, Billingham went close to equalising when Connor headed just over the bar.
On 24 minutes it was 2-0 to Terriers when Scott again was on hand to pick up a poor clearance by keeper Proctor and curl a great finish into the right hand corner of the net.
Town came back and a double save from Stewart, pushing a shot away and then diving at the following up forward to smother the effort.
Sam Norris nearly made it three when he had a good effort saved by their keeper.
With Andrew Hall and Calvin McMahon working hard in midfield, Terriers led 2-0 at the break.
A much more determined Billingham came out in the second half and put pressure on Terriers’ goal, but a fine performance by the back four, especially Chris Armstrong and Paul Wardle, maintained the home side’s advantge.
In the 54th minute a rare attack by Terriers resulted in a cross by Norris just headed over the bar by Oliver.
Town retaliated with a move which was well defended by Peter Henderson.
Shortly after, Town’s Luke Hogan was booked for a tackle on Jon Wightman.
Billingham Town kept pressing and two corners in succession were well defended, and then Chris Armstrong put in a great tackle on Craig Hutchinson.
On 71 minutes Scott put an excellent pass through to Norris who seemed to carry it wide, then beat his marker easily and shot past the keeper for a very well taken goal.
Three minutes later Elliott Beddow became the second booking for Town when he fouled Henderson, who was unable to carry on and was replaced by Tyler Scarth.
Hutchinson made it 3-1 with a well taken goal, then four minutes later it was 3-2 when Hutchinson was fouled in the area and he scored from the spot.
It took great defending by Terriers to see them through to the end for a good win against one of the top teams in the division.
Andrew Hall and Chris Armstrong were named joint players of the match.
Match sponsor: Plumbase (Morpeth).
Bedlington Terriers: Stewart, Locke, Armstrong, Wardle, Henderson (Scarth 73), Wightman, McMahon, Hall, Oliver, Scott, Norris. Subs not used: Wells, Clark, Williamson, Dobson.