This time last season, the main league season had finished in most leagues, but there was still quite a bit of choice. I still had eight games left after the eighth of May last year. I’ll be amazed if I get to eight more games for the remainder of this season. When I was looking for games a few weeks ago for tonight, this was the one that stuck out. Mind, that was mainly because it was at Thornaby. If it was at Redcar like a couple of the other North Riding League finals, I wouldn’t have been there. Although I’ve seen a couple of teams in the league, I’ve never had much to do with the North Riding League (or Teesside League as it used to be). I had never seen either of these two teams play before tonight and I had never seen a game in the Lou Moore Trophy.
To the game and Grangetown had a shot saved within 70 seconds, but Bedale were awarded a penalty with just three and a half minutes on the clock as their lad pinched possession in the penalty area before being caught. Dan Caisley’s penalty was saved, but he was on hand to convert the rebound.
Bedale were edging it early on, but Grangetown were creating chances. A glancing header wasn’t far away from Grangetown, before they had a goal ruled out for offside.
In the 24th minute, a speculative Grangetown effort sailed well over.
A Bedale towering header forced a good save in the 38th minute, before Bedale almost doubled their lead just before the break. A sharp counter attack saw them beat the offside trap and a ball across goal played their forward in. He looked to take it round the ‘keeper, but the ‘keeper did enough to make the ball his.
Following the break, despite a chance for Bedale, Grangetown came out revitalised. It led to them equalising in the 50th minute. A free-kick was flicked on to drop in the area, and a drilled high effort levelled the scoreline.
Grangetown then had a few chances as they looked for a second, but Bedale slowly made their way back into the game.
A speculative bicycle kick forced a good save from the Grangetown stopper in the 66th minute, but there was nothing he could do about Bedale’s next chance. Superb work down the right wing eventually saw a low cross find Callum Fletcher at the back post, and he was on hand to steer the ball into the bottom corner.
A Bedale effort was deflected just wide in the 70th minute, before Grangetown pulled level for a second time seven minutes later. It came courtesy of a superb 25-yard free-kick being curled into the top corner.
Now level and with 10 minutes to play, penalties looked likely.
However, Bedale rallied and had a couple of good opportunities before taking the lead for a third time in the 83rd minute. A corner was swung into the area, and Josh Fullarton’s glancing header nestled into the net.
Three minutes later, Bedale doubled their lead to make sure of the win. A cross was curled into a dangerous position, and the Grangetown ‘keeper gambled by diving towards the ball. However, Ross Hodgson nipped in and headed into an empty net to give Bedale the win on a wet night at Teesdale Park.
Congratulations to Bedale on their win.
Full-time: Grangetown Boys Club 2-4 Bedale
Next up for me is hopefully a double on Saturday.
Admission: £3 adults, £1 concessions
Attendance: About 85
Referee: Chris Profitt