AS Whitley Bay FC gear up for the start of the current FA Carlsberg Vase campaign, manager Ian Chandler has brought in former Bay favourite Chris Fawcett from Ashington CFC ahead of Saturday’s tie.
And the move sees striker Phill Bell, who rejoined Bay at the start of the season, move back to the Colliers.
Ian said: “It was a reluctant decision to let Phill Bell go. He is a great lad and on his day a great footballer.
“But Chris Fawcett came into the equation and we have been looking for a wide player.
“As much as I did not want Phill to leave the Chris Fawcett side persuaded me to give it the go ahead.”
As both Whitley and Ashington are preparing for Cup ties tomorrow (Saturday) the move had to be a done deal sooner rather than later.
Chandler added: “After the weekend there will be a lot less players available and so it had to go through this week, I am sad to see him leave.”
Chandler describes Fawcett with electric pace and direction, which will be a huge boost to the Whitley team.
He added: “We have been crying out for some width, and with Craig McFarlane on the other side it should bring us back to where we have been in recent years. We have been a bit hit and missy lately.”
In the week leading up to the FA Carlsberg Vase tie against Tadcaster Albion, Whitley Bay FC were given the Freedom of the Borough by North Tyneside Council for their success in the competition over the last three years.
But the history does not count on Saturday, says Chandler: “Last season is forgotten about, it’s as f nothing happened.
“We are looking to start our vase campaign as if we have no history.
“Other teams will come to us and they will be weary, but we need to forget about it and treat the game as it is; the first step on the ladder of getting to Wembley.”
Kick off at Hillheads on Saturday in the FA Carlsberg Vase against Tadcaster Albion is 3pm