Bay face their longest league journeys of the season

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Whitley Bay will be making their two longest league trips of the season in the space of just four days when they visit Penrith on Saturday and then travel south to Yorkshire to take on Marske United on Tuesday evening.

The trip to Cumbria should see the return of player-manager Leon Ryan after he missed the opening of the season due to suspension and holidays.

His addition to the side will add much needed strength to the defence as a series of injuries has taken its toll.

However, Craig McFarlane begins a three-match ban but new striker Peter Watling is due to make his first league appearance.

Tuesday’s game brings Whitley up against the side that controversially beat them after extra time in last season’s League Cup final at St James’ Park.

Marske have made an excellent start to the new season and are unbeaten in fourth place and a win could take them top of the table.

However, the game could be postponed if Marske have to replay Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Armthorpe.