Celtic Nation next up at Hillheads for Whitley Bay

After a run of three away games, Whitley Bay return to Hillheads on Saturday where they take on last season’s runners-up Celtic Nation.

It has been a summer of turmoil for the Cumbrians whose wealthy backer left the club, leading to the exit of manager Willie McStay and most of their successful squad.

As a result, it has been a mixed start to the new campaign for the Carlisle outfit as they undertake the rebuilding of their side.

Whitley will be hoping to capitalise on any weaknesses in their opponents as they attempt to recover from what has been a difficult opening few weeks due to injuries.

Craig McFarlane will sit out Saturday’s game as he completes a three-match suspension, but he will be back in the squad on Tuesday evening when Whitley have another home fixture, this time against bottom of the table Sunderland RCA.

However, this game would be postponed should the Ryhope-based side draw their FA Vase qualifying round tie at Darlington RA on Saturday as the replay would be scheduled for Tuesday.

Whitley Bay FC are holding a Sportsman’s Dinner on Saturday evening at the Village Inn on Cobalt Business Park.

The after-dinner entertainment features guest speaker Paul Merson and comedian Gary Skyner.

A few tickets are still available for the evening priced £35 and are on sale at the Seahorse clubhouse from 6pm each evening this week.