Chandler delighted with two wins in a week for Whitley Bay

Ryan Keltie wins a header for Whitley Bay in the game against Bishop Auckland.

Ryan Keltie wins a header for Whitley Bay in the game against Bishop Auckland.

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Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler was delighted after his side completed a successful week by ending Bishop Auckland’s unbeaten home run stretching back to August.

The 3-1 win at Heritage Park followed a 4-0 victory over Washington four days earlier.

The boss said: “It was an excellent performance and after Tuesday that makes it a really good week. It’s two in a row, not what we’re used to.

“It was very pleasing, especially as it was for the full 90 minutes. It wasn’t ten minutes here, 20 minutes there, it was the full 90 from everyone, so I’m delighted.”

Chandler admitted that the result exceeded most people’s expectations after losing several key players ahead of the game.

He said: “It was really a kind of shock victory, because Bishops are doing really well in second top, and it’s a hard place to come.

“I’m always expecting to win, but on this occasion it was going to be difficult with the depletion we had, two players pulling out this morning then finding Ash Davis not being fit.

“Ryan Keltie came in and was immense, as was Callum Patton, in fact everyone was at the top of their game.

“Adam Shanks scored a good goal then went a bit quiet, but in the second half he was brilliant, did everything we asked of him, worked non-stop and should have had another goal.

“Thankfully we held on. We needed the points in a very difficult game so I’m very happy.

“With the other teams around us all losing we’ve moved up three places, and I think we’re just about safe. Now we’re not looking behind us, we’re looking forwards.”

Chandler praised the performance of every member of his squad but reserved special credit for his captain.

“Jake Fowler isn’t always noticed, but he broke everything up and won all the second balls and I think he was as good as anyone,” he said.

“Callum Patton scored a great goal, Shanks worked his socks off and the two big centre halves Ryan Keltie and Richard Flynn were outstanding.”