Walton brace earns Bedlington Terriers cup quarter-final spot

Marc Walton on the attack in Bedlington Terriers' 3-2 win over Brandon United. Picture by Chris Chambers - CJC Photo
Marc Walton on the attack in Bedlington Terriers' 3-2 win over Brandon United. Picture by Chris Chambers - CJC Photo

Marc Walton’s brace helped Bedlington Terriers into the quarter-finals of the Northern League Cup as they secured a 3-2 win over Brandon United at the Welfare Ground.

Tony Stephenson gave the visitors a deserved lead and Walton doubled the advantage during a first half which saw several opportunities.

But the hosts found themselves level with two goals in the space of nine minutes from Brandon duo Kieran Duffy-Weeks and Lewis Turnbull.

Tony Stephenson was then tripped in the box two minutes later and Walton dispatched the resulting penalty to ensure no extra time was needed.

After a disappointing display against West Auckland Town the previous weekend, the Terriers needed a response and Andy Ferrell’s men did just that.

Tony Stephenson may well have opened the scoring after just six minutes, but instead his pass to Walton just evaded the striker.

Keelan Nellis was called upon at the other end when Duffy-Weekes rounded Dan Staples, but the defender was on hand to block the effort off the line.

Marc Allen almost caught Richard O’Brien off-guard on 17 minutes with a long range effort, and it was not long before the deadlock was broken.

Michael Baxter scooped out a cross to the back post after beating his man, putting the ball on the spot for Tony Stephenson to slot home.

Walton may well have doubled Bedlington’s advantage two minutes later when his free kick went inches wide of finding the top corner.

Staples was on hand near the half-hour mark to deny Vincent Gash, who found himself in a brilliant position to level proceedings.

Bedlington were crying out for a penalty when Dan Capewell was tripped up in the box on 34 minutes, however, the appeals were waved away.

Allen went close again before Terriers scored their second five minutes before the break.

Marc Dummett’s ball over the top to Walton was inch-perfect and the striker produced a sublime first-time effort which sailed up and over the keeper.

Once again Terriers should have taken advantage of another chance straight after the goal, but Mason Stephenson slashed wide from close-range after darting inside.

Walton intercepted a poor clearance on 44 minutes and the game would have been put to bed if it was not for Michael Searby blocking the forward’s shot on the line.

The hosts came out the blocks with the intention to find a way back in the tie, but the opening 15 minutes was closely fought.

Staples denied Duffy-Weekes on the hour, but Brandon managed to pull a goal back on 70 minutes, giving them a visible lift.

Dan Pearson found Duffy-Weekes in the box and the midfielder made no mistake with the finish, heading past the keeper.

Bedlington were still persistent in sitting on what they had and they were soon punished again nine minutes later.

A clearance from a corner came out as far as Turnbull, who smashed a thunderbolt home from 25 yards to level the tie.

All the hard work from the hosts was gone, but just two minutes later Tony Stephenson knocked the ball past the defender and was fouled inside the area. Walton stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way for his ninth cup goal in seven games this season.

Baxter could have signed and sealed the game on 90 minutes, but his shot from just inside the opponent’s half on the turn went agonisingly wide.

Turnbull could have levelled the game again in the second minute of additional time, however, Nellis’ deflection saw the ball canon wide to Bedlington’s relief.

Bedlington Terriers: Staples, Nellis, Dummett, Ferrell, Capewell, Stoneman, Baxter, Allen, Walton (Somerville 86), T Stephenson, M Stephenson.

Attendance: 37.