Under strength Bedlington Terriers put five past Hebburn
Despite being short of numbers for a hastily rearranged fixture against Hebburn Town, Bedlington Terriers secured a convincing win.
Due to player shortages, manager Paddy Atkinsn named himself and the injured Kyle Dobson on the bench.
On a windswept blustery evening at Welfare Park, Terriers chose to take advantage of the wind in the first half, and it paid off for within three minutes as they took the lead.
A hard, drilled in cross from the right was deflected by a Hebburn defender into his own net.
Terriers kept up the pressure and were rewarded six minutes later as their dominance resulted in Lee Scott latching onto a great through ball by Josh Rodgers to beat the keeper.
Hebburn were rattled and had two players booked within a short time for dissent and a poor attempted tackle.
But the visitors gradually found a foothold in the game and enjoyed a 15-minute spell where they worked hard.
But Bedlington were not to be held back and just before half-time they made it 3-0.
An attempted Hebburn clearance landed at the feet of Sam Norris and he shot home from 18 yards with the keeper going down late and the ball going under him as he was unsighted by players in front of him.
Hebburn did not press home the advantage of the wind in the second period, but Terriers matched them for work rate and were rewarded in the 55th minute when a great cross from the right from full back Tyler Scarth was met by Norris who appeared to miss-kick but it evaded all and lobbed into the net for number four.
After 70 minutes it was five when the pacey Norris got on the end of a Calvin McMahon pass and fired at goal where it hit the keeper and defender ending in the back of the net.
Hebburn got one back when Callum Smith scored from 20 yards, but that was the end for their efforts and Bedlington saw the game out comfortably for an excellent team performance with the back four marshalled well by skipper and makeshift left back Kyle Oliver, and the ever vocal Chris Lock, who as usual put in a great shift.
Bedlington Terriers: Wells, Scarth, Armstrong, Locke, Oliver, Lowery, Rodgers, McMahon, Williamson (Somerville 80), Scott, Norris. Subs not used: Stewart, Atkinson, Clark, Dobson.