Despite calling off their pre-season friendly against Heaton Stannington for the ‘Match for Margaret’, Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell claimed it was “great” to be part of the day.
The manager said it was pleasing to see talented trialists come in because their opponents “gave them a great game” and were physical.
Ferrell said: “Today was for a very good cause and the game against Heaton Stannington was called off due to this, but it was for good reasons and it was great to see so many people turn up.
“This was Koast Radio’s cup final today, it was for a very good cause, they tried to get it down and play, they were also physical and it was a good game to be part of.
“We have been very fortunate this year with the lads that have come in on trial, Kallum McGlen must be having a goal-of-the-season competition by himself because his goals have been fantastic.”
Neil Dickinson, stepson of Margaret Stewart, said: “I was very pleased with today as a whole, it seems like a lot more people has come through the gate to support such a good cause and I am hopeful it can be more of an annual event.
“We were actually honoured to have played against the Bedlington Terriers first team, we gave them a good run, but the game was played in great spirit for an incredible cause.”
The manager added: “For me, pre-season isn’t about the results at all, once we get the next four games out the way then we are at the business end, when the season starts.”
Ferrell was left “disappointed” with the condition of the Welfare Park pitch and is hoping that the club can get it “sorted out” come the first day of the season.
“I was a little disappointed with the pitch, it wasn’t really up to scratch and hopefully we can get that sorted come August 8 because we want to play proper football this season,” he said.
“We did pick up one knock in the game, Adam Harvey took a knock in the first-half, he didn’t tell us until half-time, but he was eager to play because he has been enjoying pre-season.”
He added: “Tom [Skidmore] scored a brilliant goal too, I say it was a cross, but he’ll say it was intentional, he is eager and keen to learn and Alex Laviers done himself credit today with his goal.