Birtley Town vs Bedlington Terriers


Birtley Town

  • Callum Turnbull - 1 (43') goal(s)

Bedlington Terriers

  • Joseph Thompson - 2 (5', 44') goal(s)
Tue 06 Sep 2022 | 7:30 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley suffered a frustrating evening on Tuesday as they fell 2-1 to Bedlington Terriers. 

Match programme is available HERE.

It was back to back defeats for the first time this season for Birtley and also the first points dropped on home soil. The Hoops made just one change to the defeat by Prudhoe on Friday, Phil Mills replacing the missing Conor Grant in goal. 

It took Bedlington just five minutes to open the scoring as Matthew Hayton exposed Birtley down the left-hand side. He then slid in Joseph Thompson who finished neatly from the edge of the area. On thirteen minutes, Birtley had their first effort on goal with Rutledge heading over an Alex Francis corner. The game took a twist two minutes later when Matthew Hayton misjudged a tackle on the out coming Phil Mills, the strong tackle resulted in Mills being caught in the face by the striker’s studs. Mills required treatment and Hayton could have no arguments when the referee produced a red card to reduce Bedlington to ten men. 

Jack Honour in action.

Birtley were looking to taking advantage and had efforts from Joe Barwick, Rutledge and Jack Honour saved by the impressive Adam Cameron. The Hoops were level when Callum Turnbull thundered home a corner from Callum Smith. It was relief for Birtley who had been pushing for an equaliser since going behind but the Hoops were level for only two minutes. Thompson made a run in-behind to beat a poor Birtley offside trap and rounded Mills to score his second of the game. 

Half-time allowed both side to take stock of a frantic opening 45 minutes. On forty-nine minutes, Birtley had two efforts cleared off the line from Barwick and Rutledge. Just before the hour mark, the tie took another twist as Mark Pattison misjudged a long ball from the Terriers keeper and looked to knee Jack Watson in the head. The Birtley left back could have no complaints when the referee produced another red to make the game 10 v 10. 

Birtley pressed for an equaliser and Ben Garrity hit the woodwork on 63 minutes from a deflected cross. Birtley thought they had equalised when a goalmouth scramble hit the crossbar and dropped down but the ball had not fully crossed the line. Towards the latter stages, Bedlington started to pose a threat on the counter attack and the game was competitive and entertaining for the strong crowd in attendance. At the death, Brandon Turnbull had another good effort well saved by the outstanding Cameron.  

The game finished 2-1 to Bedlington who fought well and produced two smart finishes in the opening half. The Terriers dug in when down to ten men with Sam Dinsley leading by example at right back. Adam Cameron produced a sublime performance for Bedlington and kept Birtley out for large periods. 

Paul Bryson reflected on the result by saying “We were looking to respond after the defeat at Prudhoe. We made a good start in the opening couple of minutes and were on the front foot. we were then punished for some poor defending early in the game. The sending off allowed us to have the lion share of possession but to be fair to Bedlington they defended well. we had chances to score but it took until the 42/43 minutes with Callum scoring a good header from Smiggs’ corner. The frustrating thing is that within a minute we have got punished, that’s really criminal to be fair.”

“We changed the formation at half-time and again started on the front foot. We had good chances, their keeper made very good saves, we have hit the woodwork and had a penalty appeal turned down. Patta was then sent off and to be fair, we kept at it and looked the more likely to score. To summarise the game we are disappointed with the ill-discipline which cost us a result, ultimately what happened in both boxes was key. We knew that the squad would be challenged, we need to stick together and I am sure our fortunes will change.”

The results leave the Hoops joint top of the table with Bedlington however the terriers remain unbeaten and have two games in hand. Birtley will have to move on quickly from a disappointing and frustrating evening as they return to action at home against Blyth Town on Saturday (kick off – 3pm)

Attendance – 246

Man of the Match – Ben Garrity (Player Sponsor – If U Care Share)

Ben recorded his 2nd man of the match in two games.


Date Time League Season
Tue 06 Sep 2022 7:30 pm Northern League D2 2022-23


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Birtley Town1
Bedlington Terriers2

Birtley Town

1Philip Mills Goalkeeper
2Ben Garrity Midfielder
3Mark Pattison Defender 56'
4Jack Honour Midfielder
5Callum Turnbull Defender 43'
6Owen Lancaster 16 Defender
7Alex Francis Midfielder
8Thomas Scothern 17 Midfielder
9Aidan Rutledge Forward
10Callum Smith Forward
11Joe Barwick 12 Forward
12Brandon Turnbull 11 Forward
14Alex Morland Midfielder
15John Martin Defender
16Sam Hedley 6 Defender
17Jack Harrison 8 Forward
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 5 15 43 44 56 58 67 70 73 75 76 81 82 84 91 FT