Coulson marks his return with late winner

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WHITLEY Bay FC club captain marked his return to the fold following almost 12 months out through injury with a last minute winner which secured his side three points at Dunston on Tuesday night.

Bay returned to the scene of their recent FA Carlsberg Vase quarter-final victory for this STL Northern League fixture.

And they came back from the UTS Stadium with an identical result 2-1 – and also had once again to come from behind.

As in the FA Vase encounter between the two sides, it was Dunston who looked more comfortable in the early stages.

But despite the home side looking the more likely to break the deadlock, the two teams went in level at half-time.

However, as in the Vase match, Dunston got their noses in front first.

And it was Andy Bulford who was once again on the scoresheet – the same player having given his side the lead in the cup game earlier this month.

But yet again Bay’s resilience came to the fore as the game reached its closing stages.

And it was that man Paul Chow who was in the right place at the right time.

Having scored both goals in the Vase meeting, Chow was again on hand two minutes from time to score the equaliser.

Not content with just a point, Bay continued to pile on the pressure and in added time Coulson leapt to head the winner, which brought with it three crucial league points.

The result means the Seahorses have now won 12 games in a row.

The last defeat was on January 11 when Ashington knocked them out the Northumberland Senior Cup.

The last time they failed to win a Northern League game was the shock home reverse against West Auckland back on December 14, when the County Durham side left Hillheads with a 3-2 win following a late winner.

Tuesday night’s win left Bay in fourth place – although fifth placed Newcastle Benfield were due to play third placed Consett last night (Wednesday), and a point for Benfield would lift them above Bay on goal difference.

Whitley still have a lot to do if they are to finish in the top two and be in with a chance of promotion from the Northern League.