Bedlington Terriers come from behind to secure point in Cumbria

Adam Harvey's strike that earned Bedlington Terriers a point at Penrith. Picture by John France
Adam Harvey's strike that earned Bedlington Terriers a point at Penrith. Picture by John France

Bedlington Terriers twice came from behind at Penrith to pick up their first point in five league games.

Marc Dummett cancelled out Nathan Waterston’s early strike with a brilliant finish, but Penrith found themselves ahead at the break following Ben Jackson’s goal.

But a Marc Walton goal and a superb strike from Adam Harvey ensured the visitors took a point home after Sam Bell had put the hosts 3-1 ahead early in the second half.

Player-manager Andy Ferrell had challenged his side to show what they were made of following their defeat to Seaham Red Star.

But the Terriers found themselves behind early on when Martyn Coleman’s pin-point pass over the top was met by Waterston, who made no mistake with the first-time finish.

The Cumbrian’s may well have found themselves two ahead after just six minutes, but after Coleman broke through the defence, the crossbar came to Bedlington’s rescue.

Paul Stoneman went close to equalising with a header after 14 minutes, but the Terriers did pull themselves level five minutes after the defender’s chance.

Ferrell’s shot was deflected away and Dummett was quickest to follow up and the full back sent the ball flying past the keeper.

Bedlington found themselves on top for a period with Harvey coming inches away from putting his side ahead.

Despite all the possession and control that the visitors had, chances were few and far between.

Jonathyn Quinn found himself through on goal after a defensive error, but his cut-back to Marc Walton was not hard enough and Penrith cleared.

The Blues restored their lead against the run of play four minutes from the break. Jackson received the ball and after confusing two defenders he picked his spot and curled home.

Bedlington were staring adversity straight in the face after they found themselves two behind just five minutes into the second half.

Coleman darted straight in between two challenges and his shot deflected up and the on-rushing Bell headed home at the back post.

Just before the hour mark, Alex Benjamin came on in place of the injured Lance McGlen after the striker had signed for the fourth time with the Terriers.

Marc Walton threw the visitors a lifeline after Ferrell’s shot from outside the area fell to the forward’s feet and he lofted it over the approaching keeper.

The Cumbrians looked edgy and it was Bedlington who were piling the pressure on as they searched for an equaliser.

Harvey took it upon himself 11 minutes from time to draw his side level. After picking the ball up he shifted left and unleashed a magical strike which sailed into the top corner.

Penrith were stunned and the visitors went for the jugular, but they could not muster up a notable chance in the final stages despite being on top.

It was the Blues that came close to snatching all the points in the fourth minute of added time. Coleman lobbed the keeper but luckily the ball landed on the roof of the net.

Bedlington picked up just their second away point of the season and welcome Newton Aycliffe to Welfare Park next Saturday as they look to pick up where they left off.

Terriers: Denton, L McGlen (Benjamin 59), Dummett, Ferrell, Stoneman, Pendlebury, Stephenson, Anjos, M Walton (Nellis 88), Harvey, Quinn (Drane 78). Subs not used: Capewell, Nairn.