Bedlington Terriers suffer extra-time defeat in FA Vase

Bedlington Terriers were knocked out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle after Durham City scored two goals in extra-time to secure a 4-2 win at Welfare Park.

Ryan Drane’s goal opened the scoring but Durham were level just before half-time through Callum Patton.

Marc Walton bagged his fifth goal in three games with a header 50 seconds into the second half, but the visitors took the game to extra-time when Chris Wallace fired home.

Patton curled home for his second of the game after 111 minutes and the Terriers’ misery was compounded when James Fairley bundled home the Citizens’ fourth.

After promising signs against Jarrow Roofing last weekend, Andy Ferrell would have been eager to get a victory in his first FA Vase game as a football manager.

However, they were almost behind in under two minutes when Jason Blackburn latched upon Paul Stoneman’s miss-kick, but the striker failed to hit the target.

Bedlington then broke to the other end, which allowed Kallum McGlen a chance to run at the back four, but Thomas Flynn got a glove to the shot to parry it round the post.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes during a period when the visitors will have felt they were on top.

Marc Dummett’s corner was swung out to the edge of the box and debutant Drane curled home for his first goal for the club.

Frazer Nairn was called upon for the first time four minutes later when Jake Fowler tried to catch him off guard, but the keeper saved well.

After a two-footed on Kallum McGlen, the contest turned heated and home fans feltn the away side were lucky to still have 11 men on the field.

They made advantage of that and drew level a minute before half-time. Patton was played through and, from an acute angle, he managed to curl into the far corner.

Bedlington were lucky to have gone in level at the break after a short pass from Ferrell was intercepted and Nairn played the ball off the striker, but Blackburn struck the post.

Spectators were still making their way back to their seats after the interval when they regained the lead.

Stoneman found himself through at the right hand side of the box, but instead of shooting he chipped to the back post where Marc Walton headed into an empty net.

Blackburn was denied by Nairn again just after the hour mark before Mason Stephenson broke down the left and Drane met the youngster’s cross only for Flynn to save well.

John Pendlebury’s clearance off the line turned into an attack on 70 minutes as Drane met Sam Walton’s cross with a perfectly-timed volley, but again he was denied by the keeper.

Chances went begging and the visitors made their opponents pay as they equalised through Wallace after he was first to react to Nairn’s parry.

Bedlington almost snatched a winner in the closing minutes of additional time.

Scott Jasper’s shot deflected off a defender and Flynn was sent the wrong way, but just managed to get a strong glove to see it loop onto the roof of the net.

Both sides appeared to be drained for the vast majority of the first period of extra-time, although Durham had the ball in the back of the net but Patton was judged offside.

Durham eventually took advantage of Bedlington dropping off. Fowler found a gap in the defence and threaded a pass to Patton, who made no mistake with the finish, curling up and over the keeper into the net.

The game was well and truly over when the visitors rounded off a swift break from the back. Callum Munro drew a fantastic save from Nairn, but Fairley followed in for a tap-in.

Bedlington have now been eliminated at the first hurdle in both the FA Cup and FA Vase, but their focus will now be on Wednesday night’s Senior Cup clash with Alnwick Town.

Terriers: Nairn, K McGlen, Dummett (Liam Davison 64), Ferrell, Stoneman, Pendlebury, S Walton, Anjos (Harvey 61), M Walton (Jasper 73), Drane, Stephenson. Subs not used: McBride, Capewell.