Bedlington Terriers beaten by a clinical Seaham Red Star
Bedlington Terriers slipped to second-bottom of the Northern League first division after a 4-1 defeat to a clinical Seaham Red Star outfit.
The hosts took the lead against the run of play on 24 minutes through Richard Bird, and Craig Lynch added a second just six minutes later.
Ryan Drane pulled one back for Terriers on 35 minutes, but David Paul restored the two-goal advantage with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Bedlington enjoyed more possession throughout the second half, but the game was put to bed when Paul Gardiner rounded off a great move with a neat finish at the close.
Terriers went into the game after back-to-back performances which pleased manager Andy Ferrell, and they picked up where they left off against Newcastle Benfield.
Lee Johnson and Paul King both went close in the opening ten minutes, and they should have gone ahead soon after.
Danny Capewell’s header found Michael Baxter, who instinctively struck a first time effort, but Shaun Newbrook was on hand to produce a great save.
The keeper made a good save from the resulting corner after King found Drane on the edge of the area and the midfielder struck powerful only for Newbrook to deny him.
Seaham created their first openings on 22 minutes, but Paul and Darryll Donnelly failed to hit the target.
Moments later the deadlock was broken and the bright start from the visitors came to nothing as Bird slotted home.
Paul disguised a reverse path into the forward, who, after taking the ball into a good position, slotted past stand-in keeper Marc Dummett.
Things went from bad to worse when Star doubled their lead as Bird found the back of the net.
After falling behind to two quick goals, Bedlington managed to haul themselves back into the game with a deserved goal.
Jonathan Wright burst through after a great through ball, and his shot was well saved low down by Newbrook, but the loose ball fell into the path of Drane who rifled home from close range.
The game could have been all level within minutes but Drane saw a first-time effort well saved.
Dummett’s first real involvement came four minutes from the break when he produced two great saves, the first from a header off Lee Kerr’s free kick and then from a header from the resulting corner.
It was the tale of the half as Newbrook produced yet another fantastic save to keep his side ahead, this time from Hudson after a superb run.
Despite finding a way back into the game, just on the stroke of half-time, adversity struck as Dummett brought down Bird in the area after Wright picked up a knock. Paul, who already had two assists, stepped up and rifled the penalty into the roof of the net with the final kick of an action-packed half.
Celso Anjos replaced the injured Wright at the interval, but it was not until the hour mark when either side managed to conjure up an opening.
The substitute and Capewell were both denied a goal after Newbrook continued with his fine performance. Anjos’ strike sailed towards goal and the keeper tipped over the bar before Capewell was denied after he helped on Michael Baxter’s dink over the back line.
Terriers were lacking quality in the final third and chances kept on coming and going, as Baxter was denied before King’s free kick was kept out.
Dummett saved well with his legs from Gardiner’s strike before Drane was denied by a brave last-ditch block at the other end.
Bedlington dominated possession for the remainder of the second half, but it was the hosts who looked more like scoring on the counter attack.
Any hope of salvaging anything from the game went quickly when Star added a fourth with a minute of normal time to play.
A brilliant fast and swift counter attack was rounded off when Gardiner, who was slotted through on goal, found the bottom corner.
Dummett kept out Paul in injury time, but the damage was done and Terriers now have a big week ahead of them with two home games against Bishop Auckland and Penrith.
Bedlignton Terriers: Dummett, Errington, Pendlebury, Johnson, Capewell, Stoneman, Drane, King (M Stephenson 82), Baxter, Wright (Anjos 46), Hudson. Subs not used: Allen.