BEDLINGTON Terriers began their FA Cup campaign with a win as Stephen Richardson punished Whickham.
Under the watchful eye of American funder Bob Rich, the home team took the lead on 74 minutes when Richardson found himself one on one with the keep and netted home safely.
Chances fell to several Terriers players earlier in the game, piling on the pressure.
Whickham rarely found themselves in a goal scoring position, but defended well with Kris Holmes and Michael Hedley putting in strong performances, and ensured a tense game for the hosts.
Despite the new found pressure placed on the Bedlington side, the team look strong and comfortable on the pitch.
Having fell to a 1-0 loss in their midweek game, the Terriers showed their strength to come back with a win three days later.
Whickham looked a threat go forward with the ball, but a lack of presence up front combined with a strong Bedlington backline proved too difficult for the away team to break down.
Bedlington’s wingers, Tommy English and Dean Douglas, were once again a constant threat, providing excellent service to the front duo of Richardson and Anthony Shandran.
Several chances fell to both Shandran and Richardson, unable to convert and put under constant pressure by both Hedley and Holmes.
However, by the 74th minute, a tiring defence fell victim to a through ball from Steven Bowey, allowing Richardson to convert and ensure victory.
A comfortable performance from the home side, but one not without it’s flaws.
Terriers joint manager Keith Perry: “I’m very happy with the result. It’s good to get a win, and start the FA Cup run with a win.”
“It was a tense game out there, a potential banana slip for us, and as time went on there was always the risk that we’d loose the game.
“But we looked strong at the back, and eventually took one of our chances.”
“We lost midweek and we showed good character to come back with a win.
“There’s a lot of things to work, but I know we can do that and push on from this.”