Managers agree pitch and wind ruin Whitley Bay’s game at Shildon

Whitley Bay boss Paddy Atkinson felt that the windy conditions ruined Saturday’s game at Shildon.

The playing surface also came in for some criticism.

He said: “It was a bobbly pitch as well, and we’ve got a lot of ball players and it didn’t suit their game.

“We did alright in the first half but we didn’t have any kind of luck in front of goal.

“We had chances but we’ve got to be more clinical.

“I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half, we had a shot and the lad dived and got two hands on the ball.

“We’re down to the bare bones with injuries. Josh Day did very well at right back and we’ve got other players playing through the pain barrier.”

Reacting to the goal that won the game for Shildon, the manager added: “The lads said the ball didn’t cross the line.

“It was a mistake to give away a sloppy header – it hit a defender and went past the keeper.

“I think a fair result would have been a draw.

“We’ve had a tough run. We’ve played six of the top sides in the last few weeks and certainly haven’t been disgraced by any of them.”

Meanwhile Shildon manager Gary Forrest was outspoken in his assessment of the pitch.

“We cannot play football on a field like this,” he said.

“We nearly lost the game because of the terrible bumpy surface. It needs putting right.”