WHITLEY Bay FC recorded a comfortable 4-0 midweek victory at Guisborough and there could have been few complaints from the home side if the winning margin had been considerably greater.
Admittedly the North Yorkshire side, having just been promoted back to the first division are finding life difficult, but the manner of Whitley’s victory was encouraging with the team looking sharper and playing with more width.
Robbie Dale took barely three minutes to make his presence felt, combining with Paul Chow to punish a defensive mistake with a low shot into the corner of the net from ten yards.
Bay looked much the better side in the opening stages, with the home side limited to one shot that flew over the bar from a Luke Bythway free kick.
A great volley from Chris Reid was kept out and then Chow headed over the bar from Dale’s cross.
Moments later, Phill Bell headed wide with the keeper beaten following a cross from Gareth Williams.
The home goal had a lucky escape after 24 minutes when LeePaul Scroggins broke on the right and fired a shot off the post with keeper Jack Norton beaten.
The ball rebounded to Paul Chow ten yards out and with the goal at his mercy but he somehow managed to blaze it over the bar.
The pressure eventually paid off when David Pounder cut in from the right and his accurate cross into the goalmouth was headed home by Bell.
Whitley needed a third goal to make the game safe and it duly came just before the hour mark, when a pinpoint cross from Bell was tapped home by Dale.
Chow slotted home Whitley’s fourth goal.
Brian Rowe and youngster Kyle Downey came on in the closing stages as Whitley comfortably saw out the game.
Whitley Bay: Hayes, Reid, Pounder, Ormston (Downey 71 mins), Coulson, Williams (Rowe 77 mins), Scroggins, Robson, Dale, Chow, Bell.