A Comfortable Win
Having played just 2 days earlier on Wednesday 19th February, manger Gary Forrest made several changes to his teams selection when the Railwaymen entertained Bedlington Terriers on Friday 21st February. It turned out to be a very comfortable 3 – 0 win.
Making his debut for Shildon was ex Darlington player Steve Johnson, who scored one of the quickest goals of the season, after only 45 seconds.
Shildon controlled the game from the kick off, but despite scoring very early on, they were unable to add to their score before the break, despite all their possession. Steve Turnbull, Steve Johnson & Billy Gruelish-Smith, all missed chances.
Half Time: Shildon AFC 1 Bedlington Terriers 0
It was more of the same in the 2nd half, but early pressure paid off on 51 minutes when a move down the left saw Man-of-the-Match Darren Richardson cruise past two defenders and crossed for Sam Garvie to fire past keeper Sean McAfferty. All the action was from the left, and just a minute later a Sam Garvie’s cross was pounced on by Steve Johnson for his 2nd goal of the game.
It was one way traffic with Terriers hardly ever able to get out of their own half.
Final Score: Shildon AFC 3 Bedlington Terriers 0
Goalscorers: Johnson 1, 52, Garvie 51
Subs: Emms for Gruelich-Smith 63, Jones for Stephenson 69.
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Richardson
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “This was a good performance tonight. We had pace and tempo and were in full control”.