Bedlington Terriers back at the bottom after defeat to Washington

There's no way past the Washington defence for Bedlington Terriers.
There's no way past the Washington defence for Bedlington Terriers.

Bedlington Terriers slumped to the bottom of the Northern League first division for second time this season after a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Washington at Welfare Park.

John Butler tapped home from close range to put the visitors in front, and after Liam Hudson twice went close to equalising, Washington doubled their lead eight minutes into the second half through an impressive Chris Winn goal.

The Washington goalkeeper denies Bedlington Terriers in Saturday's game won by the Wearsiders.

The Washington goalkeeper denies Bedlington Terriers in Saturday's game won by the Wearsiders.

An early pitch inspection saw the game go ahead with the hosts looking to climb out of the relegation zone.

An early Ryan Drane effort was wayward, but signs were there for Bedlington, while the visitors had a chance of their own with Peter Denton producing a superb save to deny Mark Davison.

Winn broke clear from a free kick on the halfway line and put the ball across the area with his first touch and Butler found the back of the net from inside the six-yard box.

Despite falling behind, Terriers could have drawn level moments later when Alex Benjamin found himself in space at the back post. Hudson darted in from the left and lobbed the ball up to the back post but the striker could only find the side-netting with a header.

When Denton came rushing out on 24 minutes to close down Winn, Danny Capewell had to produce a goal-line clearance after the striker slotted the ball under the keeper.

It was Bedlington who found themselves on top from there on in for the remainder of the half. Hudson beat the offside trap on the half-hour mark but hit straight at the keeper.

The striker was making his return to Welfare Park after signing last week and his deflected cross sat up nicely for Drane, but like his earlier attempt, his shot went over the bar.

There was enough time remaining for another chance, but this time centre half Capewell saw his header cleared off the line by former Terriers player Steven Stewart.

Bedlington picked up where they left off after half-time with Andy Ferrell’s pull-back just going over the head of Drane after good build-up play in the break.

Winn doubled the visitors’ lead on 53 minutes. After beating the offside trap the forward opened up his body and lobbed his shot up and over the keeper and into the net.

The deficit forced the home side to push higher up the field, and they almost pulled a goal back when Kallum McGlen picked out Tony Stephenson, but Jonathan Carmichael got down well to save.

After Chris Wallace’s cross was only cleared out as far as Joseph Walton, the midfielder had no hesitation to shoot, stinging the gloves of Denton in the Terriers goal.

Denton kept out Winn once again before Bedlington’s final chance of the game went begging, a sweetly-struck free kick by Marc Walton went agonisingly over the bar.

Washington went close to a third on 89 minutes when Alan Croft’s cross went straight across the six-yard box without a touch from anyone.

With such an impressive first half display, the home side could not seem to find that moment of magic to get themselves back into the game.

Results elsewhere meant Ferrell’s men have now slipped to bottom of the league with a crucial week coming up, with a Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night and then Durham City in the league next Saturday.

Terriers: Denton, Errington, Dummett, King, Stoneman, Capewell, Drane (M Stephenson 79), Ferrell (K McGlen 60), Walton, Benjamin (T Stephenson 60), Hudson. Subs not used: Anjos.