FIRST half goals from Adam Wilkinson and Steven Baptist along with a last minute strike from Glen Robson, saw Bedlington Terriers run out 3-0 winners against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in their opening pre-season friendly at Welfare Park.
Bedlington dominated the early possession and their pressure resulted in a number of corners.
Andy Wilkinson headed wide on seven minutes from one whilst Paul Brayson had a shot well blocked by a Ryton defender from another.
Baptist shone in the early stages, running in behind the Ryton backline multiple times to create numerous chances for the home side.
And it was Baptist who had the first golden chance of the game on 24 minutes, but his vicious shot was saved brilliantly by a sharp Ryton keeper.
Paul Brayson nearly opened to scoring just minutes later after a well worked short corner.
Kris Gate crossed in a pinpoint ball onto the head of Brayson and his powerful header was goal bound, however, the Ryton keeper made another exceptional save.
Ryton rarely threatened in the first half, with two long range efforts sailing well over the bar.
It took 32 minutes for Bedlington to break down a stubborn Ryton defence.
Baptist’s left wing corner found Wilkinson and he headed home from six yards out.
Just three minutes later Terriers scored a second as Baptist once again ran at the Ryton defence.
His strike ended up in the back of the net but it seemed to come off a defender’s foot. But Baptist claimed the goal and it was 2-0 at the interval.
Both teams made numerous changes during the break, and it was Ryton who took the game to Bedlington early in the second half with goalkeeper Craig Pickering forced into two saves early on.
Bedlington looked sloppy for most of the second period after dominating the first.
Pickering in the Terriers goal made two more saves before the Terriers got a second wind.
Scott Blandford beat the offside trap on 76 minutes, but he saw his slide rule shot tipped around the post.
The game petered out from there, but with the last kick Glen Robson converted a left wing cross to give Bedlington the 3-0 win.
Bedlington’s next match is on on Saturday against Worksop Town.
The game will once again be played at the Wheatsheaf ground, former home of Newcastle Blue Star, with a 3pm kick-off.