Double blow for Terriers

BEDLINGTON Terriers finally ended a seven game losing run in the league at the weekend as they saw out a 0-0 draw at Welfare Park against fellow strugglers West Allotment Celtic.

However, in the lead up to this game, the club had been dealt another double blow, as their luck continues run against them at present.

First, new striker David McMahon, who scored the Terriers only goal in the midweek defeat at Dunston Federation last Tuesday night, also sustained a broken hand in that game, meaning an absence from action of at least six weeks.

Then on Thursday night, the monthly Northern League management committee meeting rubberstamped a three point deduction against the Terriers, for playing an ineligible player in the club's opening league game at Chester-le-Street Town.

"We've been waiting for this for about six weeks now," said a Terriers spokesman. "The player in question was Tom Briggs, who came on as a late substitute against Chester on August 19.

"The next day we realised our mistake, and duly the league informed us of the inevitable sanction to follow," he continued.

After a summer of trauma, the Terriers had to assemble a large enough squad to begin the season, at very short notice.

The league had also agreed to the postponement of the club's opening two games to allow more time for this process to run.

"Naturally, it's very disappointing, especially given our current league position.

"However, it's happened, there's no point in recriminations or placing blame, as we have other urgent priorities than look back," the spokesman added.

On a brighter note, the club is pleased to announce a fundraiser on behalf of Bedlington Terriers FC, to be held later in the month.

The event is a 'Football Talk-in' featuring ex-Newcastle player John Beresford and John Gibson, columnist for the Evening Chronicle and former Gateshead chairman, to be held at The Dun Cow pub on Bedlington Front Street on Tuesday, October 24.

A buffet is included, and there will be the usual assortment of raffles and auctions.

Tickets are only 10 and be purchased by contacting Brian Stephenson on 07956 653597.