Hartlepool XI complete Whitley Bay pre-season programme

Whitley Bay end their pre-season programme on Saturday when a Hartlepool United XI visit Hillheads at 3pm.

Manager Paddy Atkinson will be hoping to have a near full-strength side available after injuries picked up in last Saturday’s game against Easington resulted in the cancellation of Tuesday’s planned friendly at South Shields.

After that, it will be back to the training ground for final preparations ahead of their Northern League opener on Saturday, August 8, at home to West Auckland Town.

The Seahorses’ reserve side, Whitley Bay A, recorded a 2-1 victory away to Alnwick Town in their pre-season fixture a week ago on Wednesday, with all the goals coming in the final 20 minutes.

Reserves boss Marc Nash takes his squad to another Northern League Second Division side, his old club Tow Law Town, on Saturday at 2pm.