Newcastle University 2-5 Bedlington Terriers – Ebac Northern League Division Two

Newcastle University and Bedlington Terriers have got off to very different starts to their league season. Before the game Uni had lost their first two, whilst the Terriers won their season opener – and the pattern continued.

The first half an hour was quite uneventful. Neither side were able to create any real chances – Uni’s Christopher Pearson went closest just three minutes in as he saw his low effort saved by Adam Cameron.

The hosts opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Ben Long’s driven free kick from 25 yards out found its way past Cameron. Bedlington equalised just before half time when James Wilson latched onto Joseph Thompson’s through ball before slotting home.

Bedlington took the lead just a minute into the first half. High pressing from the Terriers forward line resulted in Gilberto Chapim picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area, before firing low into the bottom corner.

The visitors then added two goals in five minutes to put the game beyond doubt – both of them penalties, both scored by Kristian Sands.

The first spot kick was awarded after Thompson was brought down in the area by Uni keeper Kieren Proctor – which Sands then placed into the bottom left corner, sending Proctor the wrong way. Lewis Scorgie then brought down Wilson in the area, leaving Sands to add his second of the match.

Uni were unable to claw their way back into the match as the away side held firm at the back, snuffing out any attempt at an attack from the hosts. James McNicholas came close 10 minutes from time, when his free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Cameron.

The final five minutes saw two goals – one from either side. Bedlington added their fifth when Daniel O’Reilly latched onto a long ball forward with a tremendous burst of pace before putting it home beyond Proctor. Uni then pulled a goal back immediately when Scorgie turned home a diving header from a free kick.

A comfortable victory for the Terriers who move into fifth place, whilst Newcastle Uni sit second bottom following the defeat, but they improve when they have a fuller squad.

Adam Gill