Under-strngth Whitley Bay well beaten

A severely depleted Whitley Bay side were no match for unbeaten Marske who went top of the table with a comfortable midweek victory in North Yorkshire.

It was a game where the home side always looked stronger, and while Whitley could not be faulted for lack of effort, they were clearly second best on the night.

And but for an excellent display by goalkeeper Daniel Gladstone, the margin of victory could have been greater.

The hosts took the lead on the quarter hour when Owens tapped home from a corner.

Gladstone then made a fine save to thwart Reece Kelly before pushing wide an attempt from Austin Johnston.

Ten minutes before half-time Marske keeper Robert Dean was brought into action as he saved a free kick from Paul Chow at the second attempt as the ball threatened to squirm away from his grasp.

The Yorkshiremen were just one goal to the good at half-time but they wasted little time in doubling their lead after the break, McDonald firing home after cutting in from the right.

Whitley rallied with McDonald’s free kick from the right being scrambled away from danger before more Bay pressure saw Watling square the ball to Kempster whose shot flew over the bar.

Any hopes of a Whitley comeback were short-lived as Marske added a third goal after 55 minutes, Woodhouse sending a first time effort beyond the reach of Gladstone.

The final goal came in the 89th minute when Owens got his second of the game with a shot from the right edge of the six-yard box.

Whitley Bay: Gladstone, Harris, McDonald, Laws, Foster, Ryan, Godsmark (Buzzeo 46), Kempster, Watling, Chow, Bird.