Bay looking to keep pace with top four in local derby

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WHITLEY Bay have just one game over the Easter weekend and it is a local derby away to Newcastle Benfield, a side currently struggling on a poor run of form.

Benfield have recently had a change in management with Perry Briggs, a Bay player in the 1990s and formerly assistant at both Dunston and Spennymoor, appointed.

Benfield ended a run of five defeats with a narrow 2-1 victory at relegated Stokesley on Saturday and their new boss will be looking for his side to show their battling spirit in this Good Friday local derby.

Whitley have a good record at the Sam Smith’s ground and are unbeaten there in the league, but they did lose a Northumberland Senior Cup first round tie there in 2008.

Holiday commitments will see Whitley without at least two players for the 3pm game.