Bedlington Terriers 2 Celtic Nation 6
Ebac Northern League, Division 1
Bedlington Terriers were left winless in 11 games after they were heavily beaten by Celtic Nation in an eight-goal thriller at Welfare Park.
James Earl scored an audacious lob to open the scoring for the visitors and Dean Douglas added a second after 24 minutes.
Lee Scott scored his 20th goal of the season from the penalty-spot 30-seconds into the half to reduce the deficit, but four more goals from the visitors and another consolation from Jonathan Wright, saw the Cumbrian’s take the spoils.
The Terriers came into the game in a poor run of form, picking up two points from their last 10 games, but were optimistic about a positive result against a Celtic side that have won five games all season.
Against a make-shift Nation side, Bedlington started the better, Jordan Nellis curled the ball into the box, but brother Keelan Nellis couldn’t get onto the end of the cross.
The playing fields levelled and, with practically their first attack of the game, the visitors took the lead when Earl picked up the ball and audaciously lobbed the ball over Luc Glasper from 40-yards out (0-1).
They doubled their advantage just after the 20-minute mark, Adam Harvey was controversially penalised for handball in the area, and former Terriers man Douglas slotted the penalty into the bottom corner (0-2).
The visitors were looking lively after a slow start and it was as though they surprised the home side after a very poor season, leaving them second-bottom and relegated.
Bedlington found their feet and may well have pulled one back when Scott fired over from outside the box. J Nellis created an opportunity for Andrew Keenan moments later, but the midfielder fired inches wide.
Scott, who is Bedlington’s top-scorer this season, found the side-netting five minutes before the break and Keenan’s free-kick summed up their first-half performance when Simon Tucker saved it easily.
Going in at the break, the visitors would have felt like they deserved their lead, but the home side would have argued, and the tone of what was to come in the second-half was set straight away.
Bedlington were awarded a penalty after a hand-ball in the area and Scott made no mistake, smashing the spot-kick straight down the middle, giving his side a chance (1-2).
However, three minutes later, the Cumbrian’s restored their two-goal lead when the ball looped up off K Nellis and Douglas was quickest to react and prodded the ball into the net (1-3).
Things went from bad to worse for Bedlington after the visitors bagged their fourth 90 seconds later, David Renyard lobbed the ball over the oncoming keeper and calmly tapped in (1-4).
Danny Sayer, a youngster who was making his first start for the hosts, cut in and squared the ball to Stephen Young, but his shot from close range was well saved by the legs of Tucker.
The Terriers then managed to pull a goal back after Sayer worked the ball well down flank and found Wright, who curled the ball into the top-corner for his first goal in a Bedlington shirt (2-4).
The score may well have been reduced even further seconds after the kick-off. Adam Harvey drilled his shot onto the crossbar after picking up the ball outside the area.
Celtic Nation scored their fifth of the game in the 73rd minute, Douglas’ looping through-ball was headed down away from the keeper by substitute Dean Armstrong (2-5).
If the three points weren’t already in the bag, they were five minutes later when Earl scored his second of the game. He cut back onto his left foot and drilled his shot past Glasper into the bottom corner (2-6).
Late efforts from Wright, who almost replicated his goal earlier in the half, and Scott came to nothing and the visitors held on for just their first win in 14 games.
Bedlington remain in 17th position and go into the final game of the season against Shildon knowing that they have a say in who wins the EBAC Northern League, Division One.
Bedlington: Glasper, Harvey, Sayer, Davison, K.Nellis, Walmsley, Keenan (Calvert 68), Wright, Scott, Young, J.Nellis Subs not used: Ferrell
Celtic Nation: Tucker, Dixon (Hayton 85), Read (Hoolickin 81), Crozier, Taylor, Moyes, Renyard, Boyd, Earl, Tose (Armstrong 58), Douglas Subs not used: McMurdo, Broome