Defeat leaves Bedlington Terriers adrift at bottom of table

Bedlington Terriers playing Seaham Red Star.'Seaham won 3-1.
Bedlington Terriers playing Seaham Red Star.'Seaham won 3-1.

Bedlington Terriers have been left further adrift as the gap at the bottom of the league was stretched to five points following their 3-1 defeat to Seaham Red Star.

Ryan Drane struck the Terriers level just two minutes after Paul Gardner gave the visitors the lead, but Seaham did go in at the break ahead following Darryll Donnelly’s header.

Dan Robinson then found Red Star’s third three minutes after the break, and Drane almost found his second, hitting the foot of the post.

Bedlington were playing their first league game in two weeks following their cup ties, and they made five changes to the side that thumped Alnwick Town 5-2 last Wednesday.

However, it was their opponents who managed to get to grips with the game first, Lee Kerr and Nicholas Kane both missing opportunities early on in the game.

Peter Denton, playing his first game since his loan move from Hartlepool United, kept Robert Bird’s shot out with a brilliant one-handed stop.

With their first opening of the game, the Terriers should have went ahead as, after 13 minutes, Andy Ferrell produced a dinked pass to Drane, who fired over.

Gardner drove down the line in the 17th minute, and his low cross was met by Bird, who shot at goal, but the keeper managed to react quickly and tip the ball over.

Seaham eventually went ahead after putting pressure on the home side.

Denton quickly came out to McBryde’s feet to cut out the chance, but the ball fell to Gardner, who lobbed the ball up and over into an empty net.

The Terriers didn’t allow their opponents to settle for long as they drew back level within two minutes. Marc Walton’s shot on the turn was saved well by Shaun Newbrook, who parried away, but Drane latched on the loose ball and tapped in at the back post.

Despite pulling back into the game, it was the visitors who were still on top, and Bedlington’s new shot-stopper was called upon, yet again, to keep the score level.

Robinson and Bird were denied before Seaham went ahead for the second time in the game after 38 minutes, scoring from a corner.

Donnelly leapt up well and headed the corner back across goal and into the far corner as Bedlington’s trouble with set pieces continued.

Bedlington’s worries could have been made worse if Bird had hit the target moments later, but luckily he shot over. His strike-partner Robinson did find their third after the break, though.

The striker shrugged off the challenge of the defender, opened his body and then placed the ball into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper helpless.

Drane then popped up again, but this time, he could only hit the foot of the post after a brilliant solo run.

Both Bird and McBryde had chances to kill the game off, though Red Star were allowing Bedlington more time on the ball.

Drane had another chance just after the hour mark but couldn’t trouble the Seaham keeper.

What will have been pleasing for Ferrell is the fight the hosts gave as they hunted for a way back into the game, though Lance McGlen could only hit wide after carrying the ball forward.

Denton was called upon once more in the final 10 minutes of the game, but the Terriers ultimately slumped to their 10th defeat of their league campaign.

They face their biggest away trip of the season next Saturday, travelling to the Frenchfield Stadium to play an in-form Penrith as they look to pick up points to bridge the gap at the bottom.

Bedlington: Denton, L McGlen, Nellis, Anjos (Harvey 41), Stoneman, Pendlebury, K McGlen (Jasper 59), Ferrell, MWalton, Quinn (Stephenson 85), Drane. Subs not used: Capewell, Liam Davison.

Seaham Red Star: Newbrook, Galbraith, Gray, Gardner, Kirkup, Donnelly, Kane, Kerr, Robinson (Stephenson 76), McBryde, Bird. Subs not used: Reay, Thorp, CScott, H Scott.