November will be a hugely important month for Whitley Bay FC as they take on the two favourites for the Northern League championship before facing three cup ties within the space of ten days later in the month.
The tough programme gets under way at Hillheads on Saturday when West Auckland are the visitors.
The 2012 FA Vase finalists, who ended Whitley’s record breaking run in the competition, are the only unbeaten side in the league with seven wins and four draws, their only defeat coming in a penalty shoot-out against Conference North leaders Hednesford Town in the FA Cup.
The clubs have been involved in many closely contested games in recent years, last year’s encounter at Hillheads ending all square after Whitley surrendered a two-goal lead while West won the return fixture by the odd goal in five.
The following Saturday, in an equally difficult game, current FA Vase holders Spennymoor Town provide the opposition, just three weeks after the sides met in County Durham.
Whitley Bay will once again be supporting the Breast Cancer Campaign and will turn out in pink shirts when West Auckland are the visitors to Hillheads.
Bay fans – and West Auckland supporters too – are encouraged to get involved by dressing in pink for the game, while representatives of the campaign will be in attendance with collection buckets looking to boost funds.
The campaign was established in 1988 with the aim of researching the cure for breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Campaign is the only charity that funds research solely into breast cancer and only works in centres of excellence.
Shirley Hallam is a Whitley Bay-based ambassador for the campaign .
She said: “Research that saves lives has raised nearly £20,000 over the last five years.
“I chose this charity because the mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world class research.
“Monies raised are used for local research into metastasis at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Its local monies for local research employing local people.”
The game against West Auckland is the culmination of a month of events in the town – including turning the lighthouse pink – so the club is hopeful of seeing a packed Hillheads ‘In The Pink’ on Saturday.