Four-goal Dormand destroys Bedlington Terriers

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Bedlington Terriers conceded four goals from David Dormand in a home defeat to West Allotment Celtic.

On what was a heavy pitch, it was West Allotment that started the brighter.

After three minutes Marc Dummett curled a free kick into the penalty area but it was headed clear by Liam Davison.

Possibly against the run of play, Bedlington came close to breaking the deadlock soon after when Davison picked the ball up on the right hand side and delivered a perfectly weighted cross-field pass for Sam Walton who attacked down the wing before cutting in and sending a powerful effort off the outside of the post.

Two minutes later Walton tried his luck again but this time he fired well over.

When a Dummett looping cross was played into the Bedlington area, Mark Fenwick rose to challenge the goalkeeper but Daniel Staples managed to claw it away.

After 11 minutes Bedlington took the lead when a tackle on Stephen Young saw the loose ball fall for Lee Scott and he fired into the top corner from 25 yards with Ryan Beal stranded.

It could have been two soon after when an Adam Harvey cross was just too high for Scott.

But the home side were only in front for six minutes.

After beating a defender David Henderson played a simple ball to David Dormand and he took a touch and placed a shot into the far bottom corner.

The next chance of note did not come until the half hour mark when Bedlington’s Young fired harmlessly over from distance.

Twelve minutes before the break a defensive error gifted Dormand his second of the afternoon. Ex-Allotment player and current Bedlington captain Stephen Little was caught napping with a short pass and Dormand latched onto it to round Daniel Staples before firing home, despite the efforts of Paul Dunn to stop the ball crossing the line.

With only a few minutes of the first half remaining, Bedlington had a great chance to pull level. When Young failed to get a shot away from close range, it came to Scott on the edge on the area and looking for his second of the game he sent a high curling effort over Beal but John Pendlebury was there to head it off the line.

Great link up play from Bedlington’s front three gave Walton the first chance of the second half but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Bedlington were left to rue the missed chance as West Allotment extended their lead in the 53rd minute.

A minute previous, Tony Lancaster had fired a long-range drive straight down the chest of Staples, but from the goal kick a long ball was hit down field which a Bedlington defender controlled and passed back to the keeper, only for Dormand to apply pressure on Staples and the Bedlington stopper’s clearance smacked off deflected off the attacker and when it came down Dormand headed into an open net from a tight angle for his and Allotment’s third.

On the hour mark Bedlington made a triple substitution. Former Hartlepool United player Keelan Nellis took the place of Kyle Dobson, Jordan Nellis replaced Andrew Keenan and new signing Ryan McGorrigan came on for Young.

After 64 minutes, Bedlington’s Scott Blandford played a deep free kick into the West Allotment penalty area and Keelan Nellis did well to reach it but he could not guide it goalward.

The same player then headed a corner over before Hudson had a great chance to kill the game off at the other end.

When Henderson fought hard to win the ball in the middle of the park, he released Hudson who ran towards goal, but in a one-on-one situation he could only place his shot straight at Staples.

Bedlington had their keeper to thank after 79 minutes when he did well to palm away an effort from Dormand and the looping rebound by Mark Fenwick bounced wide of the post.

When a ball was played into him, Bedlington substitute Jordan Nellis half-volleyed wide and seconds later he sent a low drive which was stopped by Beal down low to his left.

In the 85th minute Dormand wrapped up the points for West Allotment Celtic and grabbed his fourth of the game with a low effort. Kallum McGlen sent a through ball to him and he slotted an effort through the legs of Staples and into the back of the net.

Bedlington scored a second with only seconds to play when Scott’s looping header beat Beal.

Bedlington Terriers: Staples, Harvey, Dobson (Keelan Nellis 60), Davison, Paul Dunn, Little, Blandford, Keenan (Jordan Nellis 60), Scott, Young (McGorrigan 60), Walton. Subs not used: Glasper, Walmsley.