Ryan’s men will be hoping to make it three on the bounce

Having won their last two games, both away from home, Whitley Bay will be hoping to complete a hat- trick of victories on the road when they travel north to take on Ashington at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

Last weekend’s impressive display which saw them sweep aside another Wansbeck side, Bedlington Terriers, was just the boost that Leon Ryan’s men needed as they seek to turn the tables on the Colliers, who stole victory from the jaws of defeat when the sides played out a dramatic seven-goal thriller at Hillheads little more than a month ago.

Whitley led that game 2-0 at half-time but succumbed to a stunning second-half comeback that saw Ashington emerge 4-3 winners.

The Colliers have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the league this season, much to the frustration of their manager and former Bay captain Gary Middleton, who wrote his name in the Hillheads record books when he lifted the FA Vase at Villa Park in 2002.

Currently one place below Whitley but having played two more games, the Colliers’ current form was typified when they let a two-goal lead slip at Celtic Nation on Saturday and had to settle for a point. Whitley will have Paul Chow and Michael Laws back in the squad for this game but Chris Reid misses out as he completes a three match suspension.

Next Tuesday evening, Whitley play their fourth consecutive away game when they visit Second Division high fliers Seaham Red Star in the League Cup 2nd Round. Whitley were finalists in this competition last season and would love to go one better this time around but they face a very tricky tie and will be up against former Bay legend Lee Kerr, now playing for the County Durham side.