Waterlogged Hillheads sees Whitley Bay game postponed

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For the second successive weekend, Whitley Bay’s Northern League first division fixture has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The game away to Dunston last weekend was the season’s first victim of the wet weather and Friday evening’s home game against Crook Town has also succumbed as heavy rain left the Hillheads playing surface waterlogged.

Added to those games, Whitley’s League Cup third round tie at West Auckland, which was scheduled for Tuesday , February 4, has also been postponed as the home side have a Durham Challenge Cup game rearranged for that date.

The draw for the fourth round of the League Cup has been made and the winners of Whitley’s tie will be at home to either Bishop Auckland or Team Northumbria.

Off the pitch, manager Ian Chandler has been busy adding new blood to his squad, with three new faces arriving at Hillheads.

Callum Hope joins from Birtley Town, where he has been a prolific scorer this season, while striker Tony Stephenson has been signed from Newcastle Benfield.

Young defender Chris MacDonald is the third new arrival at Hillheads after being highly recommended by his current manager at Jarrow FC, Peter Kirkham, who is a former Bay player.

Whitley will be hoping to return to action next Saturday when they are due to travel to Newcastle Benfield for a local derby game.

All three new signings are expected to be in the squad for this game.