Whitley Bay hoping to repeat recent win over Newcaslte Benfield

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Less than three weeks after the sides met in an eight-goal thriller at Hillheads, Whitley Bay travel up the Coast Road on Saturday to play their return fixture with Newcastle Benfield at Sam Smith’s Park.

A dramatic fight back saw Bay score four times in the last 15 minutes to record a 5-3 victory last month, and they will be looking for another three points this weekend.

Both sides will be anxious to put the disappointment of last weekend’s FA Vase defeats behind them – Benfield after surprisingly going down to lower league opponents in Great Manchester, while Whitley will need to put in a much better performance than they did against Dunston UTS.

Bay then face the prospect of another tricky midweek game next Tuesday when Jarrow Roofing are the visitors to Hillheads.

The side from Boldon have enjoyed a successful return to the first division and are exceeding expectations, currently lying in fourth place. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.