Bay looking to maintain good start at Jarrow

WHITLEY Bay will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday when they travel across the Tyne to face Jarrow Roofing fo an STL Northern League game.

Five wins and a draw from their first six games represents an encouraging start for the Seahorses, with every opposing side raising their game when they face the FA Vase holders.

The good start has been achieved despite the side not yet being at their best.

Clean sheets in each of their last three games has been due in no small part to keeper Kyle Hayes, and the defence should now be strengthened by the return of Chris Reid, who spent the last year in Australia.

Jarrow have made a better start than many expected and are comfortably placed in mid-table.

Kris Hughes, who spent pre-season at Whitley before returning to the Roofers, will be keen to make his presence felt against a Bay side which will once again be without the unavailable Paul Chow.

Several players, including Gareth Williams, Damon Robson and Craig McFarlane picked up injuries in the FA Cup tie against Marske so youngster Kyle Downey could make his full debut.

On Tuesday, September 13, Bay are back at Hillheads when Shildon are the visitors.

The Railwaymen are among the sides expected to be challenging for the title.

n Whitley Bay FC will be running a supporters coach to their FA Cup tie at Kendal on Saturday, September 17, departing from Hillheads at 11am.

The fare will be £12 and bookings should be made to Tommy Moody on 07983 135627. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.