Spring has now sprung and we begin April with our last two remaining home fixtures of the 2018-19 season when we welcome Bedlington Terriers to the Robinson Heating & Plumbing Stadium tonight for the first of those following on from two very good wins against both Northallerton Town (4-2) last Saturday and neighbours Chester-le-Street Town (0-1) on Friday evening.
In our previous meeting in mid-October, Bedlington rescued a point through a 91st minute equaliser from John Sherlock. The hosts had taken the lead through Adam Harvey after just five minutes but a goal on the stroke of half time from Matty Soulsby got Birtley level before they went ahead through a Joe Barwick penalty seven minutes into the second half. Midfielder Cameron Hood was shown a straight red card in the 75th minute for the Hoops which didn't help matters.
Bedlington come into tonight's fixture sitting in 16th place in the table with 39 points from their 32 games and won only their second game of 2019 just a couple of days ago when they thrashed Washington 6-1 so that will no doubt have given their confidence a massive boost. A win for the Terriers would see them overtake Birtley into 14th place whereas a win for the Hoops would see them climb two places to 12th.
Joint top scorers for the visitors are Cameron Fenton and Stephen Young on 10 goals, three of those having come from the penalty spot whilst Kevin Westphal sits closely behind them in third place on nine with three of those coming via his first half hat-trick in his last game against Washington.
The match kicks off at 7:30pm and Wadgey's Bar will be open from 6pm. Its our penultimate home game of the season so if you're free, we'd love for you to come down and show the lads your support.
Our last home game of the season is this Friday night when we welcome West Allotment Celtic for a 7:30pm kick off. If you can make either or both, we'd be extremely grateful.