North Shields and Whitley Bay face league’s top two teams in cup semis

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Whitley Bay and North Shields go in search of a place in the League Cup final this weekend.

While the two North Tyneside rivals have been kept apart in the draw, they both face big challenges in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The Robins entertain champions elect Shildon while Whitley Bay travel to reigning champions Marske United, who are currently second in the table.

The Bay game will be a repeat of the 2014 final which was staged at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, where Marske claimed the trophy with a dramatic winner in stoppage time at the end of extra-time.

Since their success that day, United have become established as a top quality side and beat champions-elect Shildon at the weekend.

The ties must be decided on the day, so if necessary, the games will go to extra-time and penalties if necessary.

Following the ties, North Shields entertain Penrith on Monday, May 2, at 1pm, and Whitley Bay travel to Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday, May 3, kick-off 7.45pm.

Then on Wednesday, May 4, the Robins head to St James’ Park to take on Blyth Spartans in the final of the Northumberland FA Senior Cup.

Whitley Bay complete a hectic week for the two clubs with Jarrow Roofing the visitors to Hillheads on Thursday, May 5.