Ten-man Bedlington Terriers earn deserved draw against Durham City
Bedlington Terriers showed their determination in a pulsating clash against a strong Durham City side in difficult and heavy conditions on Saturday.
Title chasing Durham dominated the early exchanges with Jack Wilkie breaking clear to pull his effort wide with home keeper Jak Wells off his line.
The visitors pushed forward at every opportunity and only a superb intervention by Kyle Dobson denied City striker Craig Hennis.
Soon after Wells was again in action, saving well from Craig Hennis.
However, it was Bedlington, against the run of play, who took the lead in the 17th minute when Lee Scott picked up a ball on the right and seeing City keeper Dan Gladstone off his line drove a low shot into the empty net.
As the half progressed it was danger man Scott who won possession to set up Jack Foalle who hesitated in front off goal and a great chance was lost.
Foalle was becoming a constant threat as his pace caused problems for the City defence, and he put Scott in but his effort was off target.
The miss was to prove costly as City equalised on the half hour with a fortunate goal.
Midfielder Kieran Waters’ miss hit shot sailed high into the net giving Wells no chance.
Scott and Foalle continued to threaten the City defence and it was the latter to who set up the former but he unable to take the opportunity.
City took advantage by going ahead after hesitancy in the home defence allowed Bradley Ward to slide the ball past the stranded Wells minutes before the break.
But before half-time Bedlington were level as Scott took his tally to 20 for the season with a penalty.
After the break Terriers skipper Kyle Oliver was shown a red card for an elbow offence against a City defender.
City put Terriers’ rearguard under heavy pressure but were unable to crack a determined defence who frustrated the visiting attack.
The game was on a knife edge as the young Terriers side fought back with the impressive Foalle bringing two saves out of Gladstone.
For all City’s possession they were unable to make the breakthrough and in the latter stages it was Bedlington who looked the likely winners with Scott going close with good efforts along with Foalle.
Bedlington manager Paddy Atkinson said: “We held a very good City side and the team spirit and never say die attitude once again prevailed.
“In the end it was Durham hanging on against our ten men and we could have won it, but in the end probably a fair result.
Bedlington: Wells, Locke, Harvey, Graham, Dobson, Wardle, Clark, Lowery, Foalle, Scott, Oliver.