Injury time equaliser from Bapitist earns a point

BEDLINGTON Terriers braved the extreme cold on Saturday afternoon and travelled to Billingham Synthonia for one of only five matches that took place in the STL Northern League division one.

The Terriers were again unable to field a full strength side with a number of injuries and players unavailable, including Stewart Elliott who was suspended.

The substitutes bench also included the walking wounded with Craig Hubbard struggling from a groin injury, John Campbell still having ankle problems from the FA Vase defeat to Parkgate, and Pete Snowdon suffering with a knee injury which saw him stretchered off at Norton and Stockton Ancients recently.

The home side took the lead in the 11th minute when debutant Shane Henry scored with a low shot past Craig Pickering into the corner of the net. 

Bedlington were forced into an early change when their injury jinx struck again with top scorer Anthony Shandran suffering a calf injury after only 20 minutes, with Campbell coming on as replacement.

The home side doubled their advantage when Jameson scored from outside of the box to give the Synthonia a two-goal lead at the break.

During the half-time interval the visitors were forced into making their second change of the game with substitute Campbell being replaced by Hubbard.

Campbell had shown effects that his ankle injury was being aggravated each time he kicked the ball.

Terriers pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute when a corner was played in, Stephen Baptist headed the ball against the underside of the bar and the ball spun away from goal and hit the back of the keeper’s legs and ended up in the net.

And it was Baptist who was on the mark again as he levelled the scores in the third minute of stoppage time with a thunderous free kick into the top corner from the far corner of the penalty area.

Bedlington came close to winning the game as well but a late effort went wide of the target.

On Monday, January 2, Bedlington Terriers travel to South Shields for a 3pm Bank Holiday kick-off.

Meanwhile Bedlington Terriers have been drawn against Newcastle United Reserves in the semi-final of Northumberland FA Senior Cup.

The date of the fixture is yet to be announced but the winners will meet either Team Northumbria or Newcastle Benfield in the final.