Bedlington Terriers 2-1 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Terriers held on to take all three points in a feisty encounter against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at Dr. Pit Welfare Park on Tuesday night.
The home side started brightly and had two early chances as a scramble in the visitors six yard box followed a free kick in after 8 minutes but no one could force the ball home.
Then after 11 minutes a knock down left Stephen Young in space but he fired his shot over the bar.
It was 20 minutes before the visitors had a chance when a shot was blasted over the bar.
Despite dominating, Terriers did not translate possession into chances and half time arrived with the scores still level.
The home side again started well in the second half and it was no surprise when the first goal arrived after 51 minutes. A through ball found Jack Foalle clear. His shot hit the keeper and ballooned up. Foalle won the race to the ball and headed it home.
By this time Foalle was causing the Ryton defence trouble and after 53 minutes he laid the ball off to Stephen Young who again shot over.
After 63 minutes Terriers doubled the lead. Foalle took a free kick wide on the left. His cross found Scott Lowery at the back post who headed in.
Ryton pulled one back after 75 minutes when a goalmouth scramble followed from a corner on the left and Martyn Hepple shot home.
The closing minutes saw the visitors lay siege to the home goal looking for an equaliser but the Terriers managed to hang on, despite the referee adding on nearly five extra minutes.
The win lifts Terriers clear of the bottom three. Next up is West Allotment Celtic at home on Saturday (31st) when the club celebrates its 1,400th game in the Northern League.