Second half collapse costs Bedlington Terriers

Bedlington Terriers playing Bishop Auckland at Welfare Park.
Bedlington Terriers playing Bishop Auckland at Welfare Park.

A second-half collapse from Bedlington Terriers saw Bishop Auckland come from a goal down to take all three points at Welfare Park.

Bedlington took the lead through Lee Scott and could have gone in at the break with one or two more if Liam Davison and Jordan Nellis’ efforts had found the net.

The visitors found their way back into the game when Stuart Thompson scored the equaliser on the hour and they completed the turnaround when Jordan Lavery rounded off a counter-attack with ten minutes to play.

After the previous week’s 6-3 defeat to Consett, Terriers went into the game knowing they had to come back with a statement of intent against a strong Bishop Auckland outfit.

It was the home side who started the better with an early chance falling Jordan Nellis’ way after he weaved in and out of several challenges but saw his shot was easily saved.

The positive start was nearly in vain when Ollie Hotchkiss’ scuffed shot turned into a neat through ball to Glen Lane, but his effort beat Luc Glasper but not the post.

It was a wake-up call the Terriers needed and thereafter they took a foothold in the game, controlling possession in midfield and free-flowing in attack.

The deadlock was broken on 24 minutes, Davison turned provider for Scott and his curling effort found the top corner.

Jordan Nellis almost got himself on the scoresheet just five minutes later. He skipped past several challenges effortlessly but he saw his effort saved and then cleared by a defender on the line.

Andy Ferrell, who was making his full debut for Terriers for a second time, showed the 58 in attendance his class and took control of the midfield.

Terriers started the second half as they finished the first.

Jordan Nellis had an effort saved just 30 seconds in, and Ferrell attempted an audacious lob when he saw Pocklington out of his goal but the keeper managed to get back in time to save.

The bright start to the half from Bedlington was soon countered as the Two Blues gradually got a foothold in the game for the first time.

Their first real chance came in the 62nd minute when Thompson saw his effort deflected just wide of the post after the Bishops midfielder latched upon a loose pass.

The visitors drew level moments later when Thompson again was played through, and after cutting back onto his right, he curled the ball round the keeper and into the far corner.

The momentum swung in Bishops’ favour, and it was clear that the goal affected Bedlington’s way of playing as they were not pressing forward as much because of tiredness.

An error from Keelan Nellis almost cost his side when he was dispossessed on the edge of his own area, and Glen Lane, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, curled his effort inches wide of the post.

The home side’s first chance after Bishops’ equaliser came when Jordan Nellis managed to dig out a cross form a lost cause, and the looping ball found the head of brother Keenan Nellis, but Pocklington managed to somehow save the effort with his leg.

The visitors’ comeback was complete in the 81st minute. A counter-attack which started deep in their own half was rounded off by substitute Lavery, who made no mistake and rifled his effort past Glasper.

Bedlington created one final chance in the first minute of additional time. Adam Harvey’s long throw was headed by Keenan Nellis, but just like the other efforts in the game, it was well saved by an in-form Pocklington.

Bedlington: Glasper, Harvey, Walmsley, Watson, Little, K Nellis, Davison (Calvert 89), Ferrell, Scott, J Nellis, Thompson (Young 81) Subs not used: Donohoe, McGorrigan, Innes.