Bedlington Terriers vs Birtley Town


Birtley Town

  • Tom McIntyre - 1 (80') goal(s)
  • Aidan Rutledge - 1 (33') goal(s)
  • Callum Smith - 4 (4', 36', 45', 59') goal(s)
Sat 04 Feb 2023 | 3:00 pm
Bedlington Terriers


Birtley turned on the style on Saturday afternoon, hitting high-flying Bedlington Terriers for six at Dr Pit Park.

Match highlights can be viewed HERE
Club photos can be viewed HERE

The club would like to thank Ian Brodie for the use of his images from Saturday’s game. They can be viewed HERE

The Hoops got off to the perfect start with Callum Smith firing past Adam Cameron to give his side the lead after only four minutes. They quickly came close to doubling their lead through Joe Barwick, but the Birtley man saw his header deflected wide for a corner. It took until the 19th minute for the beleaguered Terriers to carve out a chance of their own, as Gilberto Chapim sent a powerful header just over Conor Grant’s crossbar.

Bedlington’s fightback was short-lived as a relentless Birtley quickly restored their dominance. A beautiful flowing move on 25 minutes culminated in an Aidan Rutledge effort being deflected wide. Matty Ward then hit the crossbar, before Rutledge saw what looked like a certain goal cleared off the line by Sam Dinsley. From the resulting corner, Rutledge collected Owen Lancaster’s flick-on, and fired through a sea of bodies to double his side’s lead.

The game had barely restarted before Rutledge had another golden opportunity, breaking through one-on-one only to hit a weak lob that was easily gathered by Cameron. But the prolific marksman redeemed himself almost immediately, playing a sublime through-ball which Smith chipped over Cameron for his brace. The remainder of the half continued in the same breathless vein with Barwick almost capping off a great move, and Alex Francis nodding narrowly wide. On the stroke of half-time Bedlington came close to pulling one back, but the Birtley defence did its job, before Smith added insult to injury by completing his hat-trick on the counter.

Half-Time |  Bedlington Terriers 0 – 4 Birtley Town


Alex Francis battles to win possession away at Bedlington.

The hosts came out for the second half determined to impose themselves on the game, but soon found themselves down to 10 men as Chapim was sin-binned for dissent. Striker James Wilson then saw yellow on the hour mark following a harsh challenge on Tom McIntyre.

Things went from bad-to-worse for the Terriers, as Smith once again broke through the rear-guard and stroked past Cameron for his fourth of the game. To cap it off, they were soon down to 10-men proper – Joe Ames having been sent for an early bath for a headbutt on McIntyre.

The Birtley youngster put in an imperious display in the centre of the park, which he capped off in the 80th minute, collecting Rutledge’s pass and smashing in his side’s sixth, much to the delight of his coaches and team-mates.

Full-Time | Bedlington Terriers 0 – 6 Birtley Town

It was a dream response from Birtley who easily dispatched second place Bedlington with a sumptuous display of attacking football. The Hoops now sit in third place, just four points off leaders Boro Rangers, and will look to keep up the pursuit next Saturday as they welcome Billingham Synthonia to the Arrowmark.

Manager’s Corner

Manager Paul Bryson was thrilled with the reaction: “Absolutely fantastic performance and result. We asked for a big response from the lads after last week’s disappointing defeat. I went to watch Bedlington on Wednesday, I had a good idea of how they would play and what they would be like. I thought we got everything right yesterday. We had a few hiccups leading into the game, Callum Turnbull missed out due to a knee injury. Glen Hargrave dropped out on the morning of the game with illness. Fair play to the squad and the lads who came into the side. Unlike the week before, there was a number of contenders for player of the match (Callum Smith won the award), everyone played well and a great team performance both individually and collectively.”

“I am really pleased as the win was against a team that will finish in the top 5. Bedlington are a good 2nd division Northern League team, it shows you how well we have played. We need to keep taking each day as it comes and that is certainly what we will do now. We will train midweek and then look forward to next Saturday but without looking too far ahead. We have to adapt to the different challenges that each game brings and see where it takes us.  It was without doubt our best performance of the season both in possession and without the ball.”

H2H (all games)
P6 W4 D1 L1 GF20 GA6 Pts13

20.12.2018 – Bedlington Terriers 2-2 Birtley Town (M. Soulsby, J. Barwick)
02.04.2019 – Birtley Town 6-1
Bedlington Terriers (O. Leedham x2, J. Barwick x3, D. Hill)
22.09.2021 –
Bedlington Terriers 1-4 Birtley Town (K. Young x3 (1P), A. Clarkson)
09.02.2022 – Birtley Town 1-0
Bedlington Terriers (J. Honour (P))
06.09.2022 –
Birtley Town 1-2 Bedlington Terriers (C. Turnbull)
– Bedlington Terriers 0-6 Birtley Town (C. Smith x4, A. Rutledge, T. McIntyre)

Next up…

The Hoops will look to keep up the pursuit next Saturday as they welcome Billingham Synthonia to the Arrowmark in a 3pm kick off.


Date Time League Season
Sat 04 Feb 2023 3:00 pm Northern League D2 2022-23


Bedlington Terriers
Dr Pit Park, Bedlington, NE22 5DP


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Bedlington Terriers000
Birtley Town426

Birtley Town

1Conor Grant Goalkeeper
2Owen Lancaster Defender
3Lewis Exley Defender
4Jack Honour Midfielder
5Ryan Keltie 14 Defender
6Tom McIntyre Midfielder 80'
7Alex Francis Midfielder
8Matty Ward 12 Forward
9Aidan Rutledge Forward 33'
10Callum Smith Forward 4', 36', 45', 59'
11Joe Barwick 13 Forward
12Josh Holland 8 Defender
13Andrew Clarkson 11 Forward
14Josh Strassheim 5 Defender
15Callum Turnbull Defender
16John Mordey Goalkeeper
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 4 33 36 45 51 58 59 64 64 65 69 71 76 77 80 80 83 FT