The Wright stuff for Bedlington Terriers as they win relegation six-pointer
Jonathan Wright's 16-minute hat-trick inspired a second half comeback as Bedlington Terriers gave their hopes of survival a boost with a win against Norton and Stockton Ancients.
Marc Walton’s penalty after two minutes was cancelled out after Norton scored two goals in three first half minutes through Thibault Charmey and Phillip Caley.
But Wright found the net either side of Mason Stephenson’s goal to give the hosts a the lead.
Ryu Williamson reduced the deficit on 61 minutes, but when Wright completed his hat-trick two minutes later, he sealed a valuable three points for Bedlington.
Andy Ferrell’s side were looking to build on a positive display midweek against a strong Bishop Auckland outfit, and they did just that after they went ahead in the opening exchanges.
Wright darted inside the box and was tripped up in the process, Walton then stepped up and slotted the penalty home, sending the keeper the wrong way.
However, after the ten-minute mark, Norton found their feet and started to grow into the game, and they took full advantage.
Nicky Martin, who broke through down the flank, drilled the ball across the six-yard box to Charmey, who had a simple tap-in at the back post.
Things went from bad to worse for Bedlington after the Ancients took the lead minutes later. A swirling free kick from Charmey could only be parried back into the danger area from Ryan Beal, and Caley was the quickest to react as he prodded home from the rebound.
It was a lively encounter in the first half, with both sides pressing forward, however, Norton came close four minutes from the break when Jamie Tunstall fired at goal, but Beal saved well.
The half-time team talk in the home dressing room after a lacklustre display in the first 45 minutes, worked, and worked well.
Wright’s in-swinging corner caused Carl Robinson all sorts of problems, and the set-piece, which was heading in, was pushed onto the post and in.
Bedlington went ahead for the second time four minutes later. Ferrell’s accurate pass over the top was helped on by Wright, who struck the bar with his effort, but Mason Stephenson was quickest to react and his follow-up shot hit the underside of the bar and went in.
The hosts doubled their advantage when Wright burst through on goal and took the ball round the keeper to score.
But Norton pulled a goal back within minutes. After being put through, Williamson took the ball round John Pendlebury and then found the corner of the net neatly.
Just when the visitors and their travelling supporters thought they had a chance to claim something from the game, the Terriers struck once more.
Liam Hudson played a perfectly weighted ball over the top to Wright, whose first touch took the ball past the on-coming keeper, which allowed him to tap home for his hat-trick.
Five goals were scored in the space of 16 second half minutes, however, it was Bedlington who went on to control the remainder of the game, having a great chance on 83 minutes.
Norton’s back line was caught out by a ball over the top once again, but Wright couldn’t claim his fourth, and the Terriers’ sixth of the game as his hooked shot went wide.
Scoring goals certainly is not Bedlington’s problem at the moment, 18 in their last seven, it is keeping them out at the other end, but claiming at least four points from their next two league games is a must.
FA Vase finalists Morpeth Town are the visitors to Welfare Park on Easter Monday.
Bedlington Terriers: Beal, Pendlebury, Ferrell, Johnson (T Stephenson 75), Errington, Stoneman, M Stephenson, Drane (Allen 62), Walton, Wright, Hudson. Subs not used: Dummett.