WHITLEY Bay FC recorded their biggest league win of the season on Tuesday evening when they comfortably defeated struggling Esh Winning 5-1 at their West Terrace ground.
Whitley’s winning margin could well have been bigger had their second half performance matched that of the opening period.
However, there were no complaints from the large following who made the journey to the Deerness Valley in County Durham as they witnessed five excellent goals.
The opening goal came on 20 minutes when Lee Kerr’s first time finish from Paul Chow’s cross beat Esh keeper Andrew Spence.
To their credit the home side responded well and with what was virtually their first effort on target they equalised, Marc Nixon’s downward header beating Terry Burke just two minutes after Kerr’s goal.
It was an action packed first half and two minutes later Whitley were back in front, David Pounder turning quickly just inside the penalty area and firing low into the corner of the net.
Whitley’s third came three minutes later when a flowing move involving Brian Rowe and Craig McFarlane ended with Paul Robinson scoring.
The game continued at a fast pace despite the surface deteriorating as it cut up.
The home side got a rare break just before the interval when Nixon fired over from long range, although Burke had the shot covered.
Early in the second half both Chow and Rowe went close with headers, the latter unlucky to see his effort fly inches past the post with Spence well beaten.
At the other end, Burke produced an outstanding one handed save to push Ian Ward’s shot wide.
Whitley increased their lead after 70 minutes when Chris Fawcett raced clear down the right and crossed to the near post where Chow got in front of his marker to send a first time effort past Spence.
A minute from time, substitute Lee Mason wrapped things up with a well taken goal after good work by Kerr.
Whitley Bay: Burke, McFarlane (Taylor 66 mins), Anderson, Rowe, Smith, Williams, Fawcett, Pounder, Kerr, Chow (Mason 71 mins), Robinson (Timmons 45 mins)