Whitley Bay A put four past Rutherford

Whitley Bay’s Reserves looked to bounce back after their first defeat of the season and did so in style but had to come from after an early set back.

Seventeen-year-old Academy player, Jack Byerley made his full debut and Chambers, Day, Robertson, Harris and Godsmark all returned to the starting 11.

After just three minutes the home side were in front when a sloppy piece of play let left winger Hill with space to shoot from 20 yards and although Hammond got a strong hand to the ball it nestled into the corner of the net.

Whitley’s response was go straight on the attack and home keeper was forced into saves from Robertson and then Day in quick succession.

Whitley were well on top but just lacked the final ball as several chances came and went and half time arrived with Whitley still trailing 1-0.

It wasn’t long to wait for the breakthrough as a flowing move reached Chambers who flicked a superb touch into the path of Godsmark who outpaced his marker to slide the ball across the box to the waiting Robertson who took a touch to steady himself then he slotted into the corner.

The game turned right around on 52 minutes when a corner was half cleared to Josh Day who fired a shot from distance which was blocked by the defenders hand and the ref pointed to the spot for a penalty which Robertson slammed home to give Whitley the lead.

With Hammond almost redundant in goal, Whitley continued to press and were rewarded with a third after 65 minutes when Keltie rose highest from a corner to nod home.

With the game safe Whitley were playing some great passing football and more chances were being carved out. Liam Harris found himself through on goal but missed from a wide angle.

Connor Johnson hit the bar with header following a smart move down the left but it was Alex Kempster who grabbed the fourth goal when again Godsmark crossed for Kempster to tap in at the far post.

Sub Gavin Hattrick was clearly fouled in the box but a sympathetic referee waved it away for the final piece of action.

The Reserves needed a response and they got one with another superb performance.

Whitley Bay A: Hammond, Foreman, Keltie, Chambers, Harris, Byerley (Benson 67 mins), Day (Hattrick 62), Kempster, Johnson (Clement 79), Robertson, Godsmark.