BLUSTERY conditions did not prevent Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS from providing an entertaining game for the fans on Tuesday evening as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.
The draw was probably a fair result, and although it did little to help either side in their challenge for the championship, the point gained was enough to take Whitley, if only briefly, into second place on goal difference ahead of West Auckland.
Both sides played attacking football with the first chance falling to Dunston with a shot rebounding off the post after 20 minutes.
The home side, playing with the wind at their backs, took the lead on 28 minutes when a long ball downfield from keeper Carmichael was won by Andrew Bulford who raced clear and rounded Kyle Hayes before slotting home from a tight angle.
Hayes then blocked an effort from Young before Whitley responded six minutes from half-time when Brian Smith headed home a Robbie Dale corner at the near post.
Conditions deteriorated for a while as heavy showers swept across the ground, but after the interval the wind eased and Whitley produced some of the best football of the game with Michael McMullen looking particularly impressive on the right wing while Callum Anderson was in fine form in defence.
But with Paul Chow unavailable, Whitley lacked a cutting edge in the final third of the pitch and were unable to capitalise on good build up play.
Dunston came back strongly in the closing stages but it could have been Bay who snatched victory three minutes from time when LeePaul Scroggins fired a low shot inches past the post.
The draw extended Whitley’s unbeaten run to seven games but ended Dunston’s six-game winning streak.
Whitley Bay: Hayes, Anderson, Reid (Downey 89 mins), Smith, Coulson, Fawcett (McFarlane 76 mins), McMullen, Scroggins, Kerr (Ormston 75 mins), Dale, Robinson.
The goals from the game can be seen here