Whitley Bay facing two tough trips on the road

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WITH Whitley Bay’s game at home to Norton & Stockton on Tuesday having been postponed due to Norton’s delayed FA Vase first round tie, the Seahorses will have had a free week to prepare for their next two away games.

With the club having won their last four games and are now unbeaten in seven, they will be keen to keep up the momentum they have gained in recent weeks.

But Saturday’s trip to Guisborough will provide a stiff test.

The North Yorkshire side are the only team to have taken points off Darlington so far this season and Whitley can expect a much tougher game than last season, when they ran out easy 4-0 winners.

Whitley will be without central defender Chris Reid, who misses the game with a one match suspension.

Brian Smith is his likely replacement.

A big following of Bay fans is expected for what is one of the longest trips of the league season.

Then on the Tuesday evening, Whitley make the much shorter journey to take on newly promoted Hebburn Town at their Victoria Road ground.

The South Tyneside outfit have made a confident start to life in the top flight of the Northern League but their form has slipped in recent games and Whitley will be hoping to gain maximum points and maintain their position in the top six of the table.