Terriers have too much for Tonbridge

Bedlington Terriers Steven Baptist in action against Blue Square South side Tonbridge Angels in Friday night's pre-season friendly.
Bedlington Terriers Steven Baptist in action against Blue Square South side Tonbridge Angels in Friday night's pre-season friendly.

A FIRST half strike from new signing Phil Bannister and second half goals from Kris Gate and Anthony Shandran saw Bedlington record their second win of the pre-season when Blue Square South side Tonbridge Angles player at Welfare Park on Friday night.

Tonbridge started the brighter side, with the visitors having a goal chalked off for offside within three minutes. 

But despite the early pressure it was Bedlington who earned the first real opportunity of the half.

Shandran was nudged in the back as he was jumping for a cross in the penalty area.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Shandran himself stepping up, but his powerful strike cannoned of the crossbar onto the line and back into play.

Tonbridge battled back and tested Bedlington keeper Kevin Morton with long balls and some strong challenges from the front two of Billy Joe King and Mikel Suarez.

The visitors opened the scoring on 16 minutes when left back John Heath ran onto a loose ball and fired it into the bottom right hand corner.

From then on it was all Bedlington as the home side put pressure on the Tonbridge goal.

Gate played a ball into Shandran, who turned his man before firing at keeper Lee Worgan, who tipped his strike over the bar.

Shandran again warmed Worgan’s finger on 30 minutes. After a brilliant through ball the striker hit a ball destined for the top corner, only for the Tonbridge keeper to deny him once more.

Andy Ferrell was the next man to try his luck. Bannister played in the midfielder after a powerful run, but in a one-on-one with Worgan the keeper tipped the ball around the post.

Bedlington’s much deserved equaliser came on 34 minutes.

Shandran headed on a long ball and Bannister ran onto it after the defender misjudged the bounce and he fired into the bottom right corner.

The second half started with a bang for the Terriers.

The ball broke to Bannister in the penalty area and he fired at Worgan who saved well, however, the ball fell straight to Gate on the edge of the box and he gave the home side the lead.

Tonbridge then began to get into the game. Danny Walder on the right wing provided a perfect cross for tall striker Mikel Suarez, but the striker’s powerful header was right at substitute keeper Gareth Powell.

Bedlington once again took control after this, with the Tonbridge defence blocking shots from Shandran and substitute Lawrence McKenna.

It should have been 2-2 when Koranteng forced a mistake from the Terriers defence. His one-on-one opportunity was once denied by keeper Powell.

Four minutes from time the Terriers defence fell to sleep again, this time Ben Judge going clean through, but Powell was up to the challenge once more and saved brilliantly.

On the stroke of full-time Bedlington got a third as Shandran got the goal his hard work deserved after an excellent cross from McKenna.

A good performance against a team playing three divisions higher.

The Terriers are away to Alnwick Town this Wednesday, kick-off 7.30pm.