Brayson returns to haunt Bedlington Terriers

Newcastle Benfield showed no adverse affects after their unfortunate exit from the FA Vase last week with an emphatic 3-0 victory over a Bedlington Terriers side who were up against it from the opening whistle.

Benfield boss and former Bedlington player Steve Bowie believes his side are a good bet for a top ten finish.

With the impressive striker Paul Brayson, another former Terrier, leading the attack they were on the offensive from the start scoring twice in the opening 17 minutes, the first of which came when after a superb three man move Paul Patterson picked out James Luccock who beat on loan keeper Craig Towart from close range.

Great play by Brayson, who cleverly turned his marker, set up Phil Airey who fired in a tremendous shot giving Towart no chance.

James Harmison and Stew Leeson were doing sterling work at the heart of the Terriers defence to hold a rampant home attack who added a third goal when Brayson got on the end of a Marl Convery free kick to glide a header high into the net.

The same player should have added a fourth just before the break when he worked a shooting position to fire high and wide.

After the break it was a much more determined Terriers side who took the game to Benfield with new signing Goss working hard up front but lacking support.

At this point Benfield appeared to take their foot off the pedal content to hold on to there comfortable lead. Harmison had to receive attention after a head injury but to his credit he battled on always in the thick of the action.

Bedlington are still in the relegation zone and on Saturday they have a difficult away match against in-form Durham City.