Robbie Dale goal beats Whitley Bay in friendly

Whitley Bay defender Michael Laws tackles a Blyth Spartans striker during the pre-season friendly which Blyth won 1-0. Picture by Ian Appleby
Whitley Bay defender Michael Laws tackles a Blyth Spartans striker during the pre-season friendly which Blyth won 1-0. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Following their comfortable 7-0 win at Jarrow two days earlier, Whitley Bay’s second pre-season friendly saw them make the short journey up the coast to take on Evo-Stik Premier Division Blyth Spartans at a sun-drenched Croft Park.

The Spartans squad included no fewer than five former Bay players including fans’ favourite Paul Robinson and summer signing Jarrett Rivers.

The decisive goal came after 24 minutes when Blyth captain Robbie Dale cut in from the left and drove an unstoppable 20-yard shot into the top corner of the net, giving Daniel Gladstone no chance.

Just past the half hour, a good ball into the box from Chris McDonald was headed wide of goal by Paul Chow.

Then after Gladstone had saved well with his feet from Hawkins, Chow had another gilt edged chance for Whitley but his shot across goal drifted just past the post.

The second half saw Blyth pose the greater threat, looking strong and quick to the ball and having more of the possession.

That said, they were not able to make the most of their chances and with defences on top there were few attempts on target.

Bay’s Chris Reid and Michael Laws did well to contain the threat from the home strikers while at the other end, Blyth’s strong tackling defenders rarely allowed Whitley sight of goal.

A good work out for Whitley against higher status opponents.

On Saturday, Leon Ryan takes his side to Ryhope CW, newly promoted to the Northern League second division, then on Tuesday, July 15, Whitley stage their first home friendly when Conference Premier side Gateshead are the visitors to Hillheads, kick-off 7.30pm.