BEDLINGTON Terriers earned a trip to Penrith in the first round of the FA Vase after a seven-goal rout of Ebac Northern League second division side Darlington RA on Saturday.
The visitors to Welfare Park found life extremely tough against an experienced home side who completely outplayed them and dominated the contest from the first whistle.
Bedlington went close early on when Steven Baptist pulled an effort wide after a surging run down the left.
Then Phil Bannister was a one-on-one chance with the visiting keeper as he put a tame effort wide of the upright.
But the home pressure finally told on 12 minutes when Paul Brayson picked up a Baptist pass to weave his way past two defenders before placing a right foot drive past Kell for the opener.
Within minutes Bannister atoned for his earlier miss, this time making no mistake from close range after good build-up work from Brayson.
The pressure on the visitors’ rearguard increased as the half wore on and it was no surprise when Adam Wilkinson hammered home number three.
With Andy Ferrell outstanding in the middle as he pulled the strings, the Terriers added a fourth soon after. Kris Gate cut inside his marker and unleashed a left foot shot that flew past the keeper.
Up to this point, little had been seen of Darlington as an attacking force, with their only effort coming from Webster, who had made ground on the right but saw his shot well off target.
Further disaster befell the visitors when central defender Howlett headed into his own net to make the score 5-0.
And just before the interval the Darlington rearguard was caught out once again, with Brayson again instrumental in setting up Bannister for his second.
After the break Bedlington took their foot off the pedal and allowed the visitors to come more into the game without posing any real threat on the home goal other than when Evison failed to take a rare chance with only Kevin Morton to beat.
The Terriers appeared content to play out time but leading scorer Brayson set the seal on the comprehensive win with his second of the goal with another trademark finish.
After the win, Bedlington chairman Ronan Liddane said the club would not be getting too involved in looking ahead in the prestigious national competition.
“I am obviously delighted with the victory after our recent results, but we are certainly not going overboard at this early stage in the competition.
“The players showed their worth against a Darlington side who had only conceded six goals in their previous games.
“We have a great deal of ability in this squad and we can look forward with confidence.
Bedlington travel to Penrith for the first round tie on Saturday, October 13.
On Sunday, September 23, Bedlington Terriers are staging a wrestling show in the Welfare Park clubhouse with stars from the AWF performing.
Doors open at noon with tickets priced at £5 adults and £2 for children.