Terriers fight back from two down to beat Durham

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Keith Perry’s young Bedlington Terriers side produced a terrific second half fight back to stun visitors Durham City who held a 2-0 interval lead and looked on course for victory.

The game was turned on its head as the Terriers showed all of there battling qualities to put Durham on the back foot in an action packed second period.

Bedlington began well, setting up a promising attack in the second minute with Davey Brown having a drive scrambled clear.

The visitors were quick to counter through Denver Morris who made ground on the right to deliver a dangerous cross that Ian Ward just failed to make contact in front of a gaping goal.

Play switched from end to end in the early stages with Durham creating the better scoring opportunities but poor finishing letting them down.

McCaffrey was soon in action saving well from Ward and Morris

It was the latter who was proving a real live wire in the Durham attack, making a series of dangerous runs from one of which he was unlucky to see a fierce drive sail narrowly wide.

However, it was Morris who put Durham ahead in the 21st minute when he latched on to a Ward through ball to smash a rising shot into the net.

Paul King and McRoberts were working hard to get Bedlington going but lacked support.

Durham added a second in the 33rd minute when James Harmison was unfortunate in turning a right wing cross into his own net giving McCaffrey no chance.

After the break it was a much more determined Terriers who turned the game around, producing some great attacking football.

They pulled a goal back in the 48th minute when the industrious Brown headed home from a Phil Cave corner kick.

The young Terriers side began to take control as Morris, who had been Durham’s main attacking threat, was getting no joy against Terriers teenage full back Kyle Dobson, who was prominent in setting up a series of home attacks

Bedlington poured forward at every opportunity with Dylan Williamson’s pace proving a handful for the Durham rearguard, and he set Welfare Park alight with a brilliant equalising goal in the 65th minute when he ran fully 30 yards to hammer a tremendous drive past a helpless Jobling in the Durham goal.

Dobson had a shot cleared off the line as the home side went all out for a third goal, which duly came in the 70th minute when Jamie Harmison took advantage of a mix-up in the Durham defence to score from close range.

Durham’s heads were down and there should have been further goals for Bedlington.

A Dobson effort was cleared off the line and Brown and McRoberts were guilty of missing good opportunities in the closing minutes, but all in all a great Bedlington performance.

Perry was delighted with the win, saying: “After two heavy defeats we faced a Durham side full of confidence.

“I was disappointed with our first half performance and the players were made aware of my feelings, however, the transformation in the second half was little short of brilliant.

“They showed character and commitment playing excellent attacking football and fully deserved victory.”

Terriers vice-president Dave Perry said: “Today’s win reminded me of the famous Terriers side of the nineties, the lads showed the spirit that will keep them in good shape this season on the second half efforts they need fear no one. Keith’s half-time team talk was key.”

Boss Keith Perry also paid tribute to the late Scott Bell who sadly lost his battle against MND.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game for the former Terriers player.

He said: “We signed Scott from Blyth and he was a pleasure to work with, a real good, honest and genuine lad. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”