BEDLINGTON TERRIERS 1
MORPETH TOWN 2
Morpeth Town completed the league double over relegation threatened Bedlington Terriers onEaster Monday thanks to an 83rd minute Jordan Fry header to keep the Highwaymen’s title hopes alive.
Sean Taylor had given the FA Vase finallists the lead with a 25rd minute tap-in, but a 30-yard wonder goal from Terriers striker Jonathan Wright mid-way through the second half brought the hosts level.
The three points see the Highwaymen move up to third in the table, still having eight games in hand on the leaders Shildon and sitting 20 points behind.
It was a nervy opening to the game, with the home side creating the first chance, Liam Hudson’s long range effort palmed skywards by Karl Dryden over his own crossbar.
However, Town soon began to dominate proceedings, Dan Taggart forcing a sharp save from Ryan Beal with a low strike from eight yards out, Beal pushing the ball round the post for a corner.
Long range efforts from James Novak and Ben Sayer soon followed, both falling wide of the mark as Morpeth looked to opening the scoring.
They did so on 25 minutes. Ben Sayer was afforded time on the edge of the penalty area. He jinked past a defender before firing on goal, the shot parried by Beal into the path of Taylor who rolled the ball into an empty net.
Beal made amends for his error ten minutes later. After a wonderful passing move involving 15 passes, Steven Anderson found himself free on the edge of the area. He caught Beal off his line, chipping him audaciously, but the ‘keeper managed to swipe away the effort with his right hand.
Taylor nearly doubled his own tally as the game approached half-time, breaking free in the right of the penalty area, his low shot saved by the legs of Beal. The Terriers then had their best chance of the first period, Hudson gifted possession on the left, taking aim with Dryden well off his line, but fired his shot low, Dryden able to get a foot to it before kicking away.
The start of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first, a quick free-kick on the left allowed Taylor to swing a cross to the back post where Fry headed straight at Beal who saved brilliantly on the line.
It took until the halfway point of the second half for Bedlington to test the Morpeth defence, a dubious free-kick awarded by the referee allowed Wright to take aim, his low curling effort falling just wide of Dryden’s left-hand post.
Wright was then gifted another opportunity, again a soft decision by the man in the middle. This time hit a thunderous left footed effort over the wall and into the top right hand corner of Dryden’s goal, the ‘keeper standing no chance of saving.
But the Bedlington joy lasted a mere eleven minutes as Morpeth restored their lead seven minutes from time. Substitutes Luke Carr and Callum Patton combined with a short corner, the latter lofting a ball to the back post where Fry nodded home from two yards.
Morpeth comfortably saw out the final few minutes, meaning Nick Gray’s men are still in the title hunt with 18 league games remaining.
* Town are putting on luxury coaches leaving Morpeth on the morning of the FA Vase on May 22. The coaches will leave at 5am from outside the leisure centre Morpeth and return immediately after the match. Coaches will be luxury standard with toilets on board. Price for a return coach is £32. Ring John Richardson on 07738 447544 or 07740081048 for details.