BEDLINGTON Terriers’ unbeaten start to the season came to abrupt end on Saturday as Whitley Bay took the points in a scrappy encounter.
A goal midway through the second half from midfielder Lee Paul Scroggins after a double save from Terriers keeper Kevin Morton was the difference between the two sides.
Whitley Bay were unlucky not to go 1-0 up on 15 minutes. Right back Jack Palmer beat Bedlington left back James Novak and rolled the ball to the edge of the penalty area where Paul Robinson saw his effort hit the crossbar.
Phil Bannister then squandered an excellent chance after good play between Andy Ferrell and Paul Brayson.
Two minutes later Bay were on the defensive once more. Mark Convery drifted in a corner from the left. After a slight deflection from the front post runner, Adam Wilkinson hit a looping effort towards the top right hand corner, only to be denied by the head of the Whitley Bay defender stationed on the post.
Whitley had a golden chance on 35 when James Novak gifted the home side possession deep in Bedlington territory and Robinson picked up on the error and charged towards goal but was denied by Morton.
Scroggins thought he had given his side the lead on the stroke of half-time, but his curling effort towards the top corner was tipped over by Morton.
Whitley Bay started the second half quickly, winning an early free kick when James Novak brought down Jack Palmer.
Chris Reid’s free kick deflected off the wall and bounced around the penalty area before eventually falling at the feet of Palmer who hit a right footed effort off the post and behind.
Morton was then forced to make successive saves from Chow and Robinson in the following minutes as Bay put Bedlington under pressure.
James Fairley and Lee Kerr then forced Morton into more saves early in the second half.
At the other end, Brayson seemed to have beaten the offside trap and rolled the ball past Kyle Hayes in the Whitley Bay goal only to see the flag raised for offside.
The Whitley Bay goal came in scrappy fashion. Palmer played the ball in from the right with Chow getting on the end of the initial cross and his effort came back off Morton and fell to the feet of Scroggins who bundled it into the Terriers net.
Bannister almost replied within five minutes when he got himself on the end of a Baptist cross but was denied by the crossbar from eight yards out.
Whitley should have made it two on 75 minutes after another defensive howler. Kerr had the chance to shoot but took too long and Andrew Leason got back to tackle well.
Bedlington pushed on in the last 15 minutes but created nothing, leaving the away side disappointed.
Whitley Bay were much improved from the one Bedlington defeated 3-0 the previous weekend in the FA Cup and deserved their three points.
Bedlington will face Norton & Stockton Ancients this Wednesday at Welfare Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.