Title challengers Shildon too strong for Bedlington

Bedlington Terriers’ defeat at Shildon on Saturday was a game to forget for the travelling fans.

The visitors were well beaten by a strong looking Shildon side who still have a chance of winning the Ebac Northern League division one title providing they win their games in hand.

Bedlington got off to the worst possible start as they went 1-0 down after only four minutes.

Shildon left back Darren Richardson cut inside and beat two players before rifling a fiercely struck effort into the top right hand corner of the goal.

Despite the early set-back Bedlington maintained their shape and the first 45 minutes was very much an even contest as they carved out two reasonable chances.

Shildon goalkeeper Kyle Hayes saved from Stephen Young in a one-on-one opening and Jordan Nellis fired a long-range effort over the bar.

But almost immediately after the break Shildon went 2-0 up after a neat three-man move was finished off with a left footed strike by Mark Doninger.

Shildon were in the ascendancy and they went further ahead after a rare mistake from Bedlington captain James Harmison. His short back pass was intercepted by Micky Rae who made no mistake in slotting the ball home past the advancing Sean McCafferty.

Shildon made it four on 72 minutes after a 20-yard free kick from Adam Rundle found its way past McCafferty after the defensive wall failed to do its job.

With ten minutes remaining Bedlington got a consolation as a cross-shot from Liam Davison on the right wing curled into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Bedlington’s next home game is on Saturday, January 10, against Guisborough Town with a 3pm kick-off.