WHITLEY Bay FC’s hectic autumn programme continues with two games scheduled every week throughout November.
Saturday sees the Hillheads side break new ground when they make their first ever visit to Newton Aycliffe to play the newly promoted side who were runaway champions of the second division last season.
Aycliffe have made a good start to their first season in the top flight, currently in eighth place.
And last Friday they created a major shock by defeating high flying West Auckland on their own ground.
In their ranks is former Bay defender Steve Gibson, a member of last season’s FA Vase winning squad, who will be keen to put in a good performance against his former team-mates.
Whitley will be without Callum Anderson as he completes his suspension following his red card at Spennymoor.
And Paul Robinson is also expected to be absent as he continues his recovery from injury.
Aycliffe are a well supported side and given Whitley’s excellent following away from home, there are hopes of a record attendance of approaching 600.
On Tuesday, November 8, Whitley will be making a second attempt to play their league game at South Shields.
Just a month ago the original fixture was called off due to floodlight failure at Filtrona Park.
Added interest to the fixture comes with the appointment of two former Bay players as the new management team for the Mariners.
Following the departure of Gary Steadman, who brought the club up from the second division, Jon King has just been named manager with Lee Picton as his assistant.
Whitley Bay’s scheduled game away to Bedlington Terriers has been brought forward two days and will now be played on Monday, November 14.