Bedlington Terriers returned to the top of the Ebac Northern League first division on Saturday with a 6-2 win over Crook Town.
Despite the comfortable scoreline, Terriers’ win was not without its nervy moments.
Bedlington made the perfect start as they took the lead within the first minute.
Dylan Williamson put Lee Scott through with a great pass and although Scott’s effort was slightly miss-hit it still had enough purchase to beat the advancing goalkeeper to nestle into the bottom left hand corner.
Scott got his second just before the half hour mark from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Crook defender Andy Mogo on Williamson with Bedlington in cruise control at this point.
The third and final goal of the first half was a real team effort with some crisp one-touch passing in the midfield as Terriers moved the ball swiftly forwards.
The move ended when Liam Davidson found Scott Blandford on the edge of the area and he curled the ball into the corner of the goal via the inside of the post.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first as within minutes Bedlington added another goal.
Jordan Nellis cleverly turned his marker on the edge of the box before finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal with a firmly struck shot.
It was at this point Terriers noticeably took their foot off the gas as they allowed Crook back into the game, almost undoing all of their hard work.
Crook got two quick-fire goals, both through Kalumn Holbrook.
The first was a well converted penalty after a Bedlington defender was penalised for pushing during a corner kick, and the second was a brilliant chipped effort from just inside the box which found the top corner giving goalkeeper Sean McCafferty no chance.
The home crowd really came to life at this point with the fans possibly sensing a comeback on the cards, and had a long range free kick found the net instead of ricocheting off the post then the closing period of the match could have been intriguing.
But Bedlington put daylight between themselves and Crook with just under ten minutes left as Jordan Nellis scored a great individual goal, beating two outfield players before rounding the goalkeeper to slot the ball home, ending any hopes of a Crook comeback in the process.
Scott completed his hat-trick moments later with a close-range effort after the ball dropped to him inside the six-yard box from a corner to wrap things up.