Wright scores four as Bedlington Terriers hold Marske in eight-goal contest
Jonathan Wright scoured four goals for Bedlington Terriers as they held last season's Northern League champions Marske United at Welfare Park.
Wright netted twice inside the first 19 minutes to leave the visitors stunned.
Marske’s Luke Bythway converted a questionable penalty two minutes after the break, but Wright restored the two-goal lead on 58 minutes.
Terriers were not happy with the officials after Daniel Newby and Jamie Owens levelled the game going into the final 20 minutes.
Wright then scored, arguably, Bedlington’s goal of the season with a lob from 25-yards with five minutes to go, but Adam Preston hit back in an entertaining evening at Welfare Park.
“I want him here,” Terriers manager Andy Ferrell said of his striker after the game.
“If I am here next season then I want Jon Jon here, he has got 14 goals in 14 division one games, god knows how many he’ll get in 42 games in division two.
“When the full backs are in a bit of trouble, or the wingers are in trouble, then the balls down the side, Jon Jon will make the bad ball into a good one.
“He is a nightmare at times because he never shuts up and he is never wrong, but if he is going to score you goals, like he has done, then you are happy and I like the lad.”
The hosts’ fate had already been sealed, but instead of rolling over, they decided to give the Seasiders a run for their money, and they broke the deadlock after an even start to the game.
Wright was played through by Liam Hudson, the forward cut back inside and fired into the net, with the keeper helping it intp the net.
There was no doubting who got the second, as the home side stunned their opponents by going two-up inside 20 minutes.
Wright was offering more movement up top, which was causing major problems for the Marske back line, and a calm finish, sliding under the keeper, handed him his second of the game.
Owens went close for the visitors on 21 minutes, but Ryan Beal was on hand to push the effort over the bar, before John Seaton’s close range effort was scooped off the line by John Pendlebury.
It was a half to savour for the hosts, but 64 seconds after the restart, referee Michael McDonough awarded a penalty, which the home side were not happy with.
Bythway stepped up and slotted home the spot kick, but manager Ferrell said he would have went “ballistic” if some decisions had of been given earlier in the season.
“For two or three goals we could have got the correct decision, I am not bothered about it though, if it was at the beginning of the season then fair enough I would have been going ballistic,” he said.
“Tonight, I am just proud that we rolled our sleeves up and didn’t throw in the towel. We gave a very good Marske side a run for their money.
“We’ve picked and choosed when we wanted to perform this season and it hasn’t been acceptable.
“We all have to look at ourselves in the mirror and take the fair share of the blame.”
Wright completed a stunning hat-trick just before the hour mark, a long ball over the top came to the forward, and after sending his marker the wrong way, he produced a cool finish.
Two minutes later the assistant’s flag shot up for offside, but after the forward headed the ball down, Newby smashed home and the goal stood.
Beal produced a fine save from point-blank range two minutes before Owens hooked his foot around a cross to fire into the top corner.
Substitute Reece Kelly struck the foot of the post with just six minutes to go, and from that, Terriers broke to the other end and went ahead again.
Hudson picked up the ball and found Wright, whose brilliant first touch allowed him to open up his body and lob over the keeper for his fourth of the evening.
However, the lead did not last long.
Kelly whipped in a brilliant cross for Preston, who found the net with a sweet strike to bring the scoring to a close on an entertaining night to close the season out.
Bedlington Terriers: Beal, Pendlebury, Dummett, Errington, Stoneman, Johnson (Somerville 64), Drane, King, Ferrell, Wright, Hudson. Subs not used: Walton.