IN-FORM Bedlington Terriers continued their recent goal spree with a 6-0 demolition of Billingham Synthonia, who were well out of tune over 90 pulsating minutes.
Free scoring Bedlington – who made it 17 goals in their last three matches – turned on the power, playing some great attacking football against a Billingham side who were never at the races.
Terriers were soon in the ascendancy with Paul Brayson, Phil Bannister and Steve Baptist going close to opening the scoring.
Surprisingly it took 24 minutes before the first goal arrived, with the ever alert Brayson driving in a fierce shot that the Synthonia keeper could only palm out to the on-rushing Bannister who planted a header high into the net.
On the half hour Kris Gate added a second when he ran on to a through ball from Brayson to smash a tremendous drive past the helpless Moody.
The Billingham defence were all at sea as a rampant home attack laid siege with two more goals in as many minutes – the first the result of a penalty after Brayson had been impeded and the Terriers’s leading marksmen made no mistake from the spot.
Skipper Steve Bowey got number four, taking advantage of a mix up in the visiting defence, forcing the ball in from close range.
Home keeper Kevin Morton was never tested in a one-sided opening half with Bedlington going in at the interval four goals to the good.
After the break a similar pattern emerged with Terriers dominating play against a Synners side who were well off the pace.
In the 60th minute Bedlington set up a great move, Brayson making ground to send a reverse pass into the path of Baxter who struck a powerful shot with Moody doing well to save.
The home pressure continued with two late goals, the first of which saw Brayson breaking into the box to send a low drive past the over-worked Synners keeper for his second and Terriers’s fifth.
Bannister wrapped up proceedings to hammer in number six from close range.
The victory moves the Northumberland side into third place in the league.
Bedlington manager Keith Perry said after the game: “This was an outstanding team effort with some outstanding football by our lads.
“They never gave Synthonia a shout and I feel we can only get better as the season moves on.”
Perry added it would be difficult to single any player out but was impressed by new signing Phil Cave, who showed good control and what a great signing he had been.
Bedlington: K Morton, Baxter, Cave, Gate, Wilkinson, Leeson, Bowey, C Morton, Brayson, Bannister, Baptist. Subs: Wrightson, Pickering, McKenna, Snowden, Pell.
Forthcoming Bedlington fixtures – Wednesday, September 26; home to Markse United; Saturday, September 29; home to Team Northumbria.
n Bedlington Terriers’s secretary Dave Collpop has announced the death of long serving official Brian Chivers, who died last Friday.
Brian was a well respected member of the club and did a great deal of work behind the scenes at Welfare Park.
A club official said: “Our thoughts are with his family.”