Bedlington Terriers slumped to their fourth defeat in a row as they were beaten 3-0 by Guisborough Town on Saturday at Welfare Park.
On what was a very heavy pitch, due to the flurry of snow prior to kick-off, it was a very slow start to the game with neither team wanting to take many chances.
Just before the 15 minute mark, Curtis Round’s looping cross was headed back across the keeper by Peter Bulmer to give the visitors the lead.
Guisborough were top of the Northern League form table coming into the game and they certainly showed the people in attendance why they were.
The Terriers’ only real chance of the first half came when Lee Scott intercepted a soft back-pass, but failing to convert as keeper Nick Liversedge was quickly out to save the shot.
It was inevitable that the Priorymen were going to score again due to the fact that most of the play all half was in the Terriers’ own half of the field.
Their second goal came through a blunder from Bedlington’s keeper after Dan McWilliams’ curling corner was fumbled by Dan Staples into his own net to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Bedlington never really looked like scoring during the first half and it was clear that they were missing personnel in their team.
However, their opponents deserved the half-time lead after controlling the half from start to finish, especially due the amount of chances they created. Bedlington, who showed very little during the first half, came out a changed side and showed real determination to get back into the match, putting the visitors on the back foot for the first 10 minutes of the second half.
This determination wore off and the visitors took control of the match one again, causing Bedlington real problems when counter attacking.
The Terriers’ major chance of the second half came when the corner was met by Kyle Dobson and headed across goal, but the keeper saved well.
Guisborough broke down field straight after in the 74 minute and substitute Connor Smith opened his body up and curled his shot from outside the box into the far corner.
This turned out to be the final goal in the game and the final 15 minutes of the game went by without any more real chances.
Bedlington: Staples, Walker, Dobson, Davison, Dunn (Harvey 67), Kayode, Blandford, Koffi, Scott, Nellis (Young 76), Walton (McGorrigan 67).
Subs not used: Harmison, Warmsley.
Guisborough: Liversedge, Martin, McWilliams, Carling, May, Liddle (Steel 87), Gell, Bulmer (Risbrough 76), Bythway, Earl (Smith 46), Round.
Subs not used: Dixon, Jackson.