Home games keep coming for Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay are back at Hillheads this weekend for the seventh time in eight games when Penrith are the visitors.

Remarkably this will be the first Saturday since the opening day of the season when Whitley have played a home Northern League game.

Their excellent FA Cup run has seen them slip well behind in league games and they go into the fixture with seven games in hand on their Cumbrian opponents, who currently sit just above mid-table and are the draw specialists, with six of their games ending all square.

With his side playing twice a week from now until December, manager Paddy Atkinson is expected to rotate his squad to avoid fatigue and maintain fitness levels.

The entertainment continues at Hillheads on Saturday evening when Bay fan and playwright Peter Mortimer’s play The Stolen Rubber Band will be performed at The Seahorse, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets at £6 are available from the football club.

Tuesday evening sees Whitley at home once again, when they face a tough challenge from Morpeth Town, who are riding high in second place, with just one league defeat all season.

Callum Anderson will sit out this game as he completes his three-match suspension.