WHITLEY Bay face a trip to Shildon on Saturday to take on the team who have under-performed so far this season.
The Railwaymen are usually among the front runners but at the moment they are a disappointing 14th, due largely to a poor home record which has seen them win only three league games on home territory this season.
Games between the two sides at Shildon’s Dean Street ground are almost always close encounters with no fewer than seven of the last ten games there ending in draws.
Last season Whitley broke the trend with a hard fought 2-1 victory, both goals coming from Lee Kerr and they will be hoping for a similar result this weekend in order to keep them in contention among the sides at the top of the table.
However, they will go into the game without defender David Coulson who has a one game suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season.
Following their very busy autumn programme which saw them play twice almost every week, Whitley now have no scheduled midweek fixtures for the remainder of the season.