Saturday sees the Ebac Northern League season get under way and Whitley Bay have an attractive opening fixture against Dunston UTS, the side who won the FA Vase in 2012.
Games between the teams are usually closely contested and this looks likely to follow that pattern.
Both sides have made changes to their squads during the summer, with Dunston having lost the services of several long standing players, and among their new signings is former Whitley midfielder Gary Ormston.
Boosted by their encouraging performance against Spennymoor in the Cleator Cup on Saturday, Whitley Bay will be hoping for three points as they begin a busy and important week.
On Tuesday, August 13, at 7.30pm, are back at Hillheads for a local derby against Bedlington Terriers, and the following Saturday they are in FA Cup action when they make the short journey to face Team Northumbria.