Bedlington Terriers left to rue missed chances against Dunston

FA Vase quarter-finalists Dunston were fortunate to pick up maximum points against a Bedlington Terriers side who deserved at least a share of the spoils in a game that rarely reached the heights.

The opening half was a drab affair with neither side able to create any chances on a difficult surface with good football at a premium.

After two victories against local sides Ashington and Morpeth, Bedlington were confident of continuing their run but on the day their luck was out.

Dunston’s highly rated striker Andrew Bulford rarely posed a threat with Harmison and Andrew Leeson giving nothing away at the heart of the Terriers rearguard.

After the break, the pace of the game picked up with Dunston making the breakthrough in the 49th minute when they were awarded a free kick, with Steve Goddard heading home Gary Shaw’s cross.

Terriers response was immediate with Sam Walton making ground to fire in a goalbound effort that Dunston did well to block.

The hosts were playing the better football but lacked finish in the final third and it was the visitors who added a second in the 79th minute when Goddard was allowed a free run on goal and he finished in style to slot the ball past the advancing Toward.

Bedlington continued to push forward with Dylan Williamson getting in a first time drive that flashed wide and their pressure was rewarded in the 88th minute when Paul Watson rifled in a great shot that flew in to the net.

And the Terriers were unlucky in the last minute when Leeson just failed to score with only the visiting keeper to beat.

Too little to late for a Bedlington side who will reflect on how they came away with nothing after contributing so much.

Bedlington coach Tony Burgess was honest in his opinion on the game overall, saying: “We certainly deserved something out of the game with Dunston, by their standards, well off the pace on the day.

“We showed enough commitment in the second half to get a result but it was not our day and the lads are disappointed we are still up for the challenge.”