Atkinson still looking to improve Whitley Bay squad

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.
Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson was delighted with his side’s FA Vase win over West Allotment, but he is still looking to make improvements.

He said: “We did well, especially considering the suspensions and injuries we’ve got.

“We’re getting a good squad together but we keep picking up injuries.

“Michael Bell was good in the air, scored a goal and could have had two or three. He had a good debut and I was pleased for him. You can see what I brought him in for because he’s got that aerial threat, also he’s a Whitley Bay lad and that’s what it’s about.

“When I took over the chairman asked me to bring in local players.

“But we’re still missing something; I don’t think we’re winning the ball back quickly enough.

“Teams tend to counter attack on us a bit too easily. I was really disappointed with throw-ins, and their goal came from a throw-in.

“I thought we needed a bit more energy in midfield. We talked about it at half-time and we were better in the second half.

“Kris Hughes has done a real shift today, it wasn’t really a winger’s game so he found himself in unfamiliar positions, but then got a great goal.

“Stephen Young came on and did well, he got his goal. As I know from when we were at Benfield where he helped us win the league, he’s a goal poacher, but needs to get a bit more up to speed.

“Chris Reid and Richard Flynn are developing a good partnership at the back.”