Whitley Bay to open season at home to Consett

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Next season’s Ebac Northern League fixtures were released at the weekend and Whitley Bay’s first game will be at home to Consett on Saturday, August 9.

The following Wednesday they make the short trip north to Bedlington while just under a week later, on Tuesday, August 19, there is the first local derby of the season at Hillheads when Newcastle Benfield are the visitors.

Newly promoted North Shields make their first visit to Hillheads in 27 years on Saturday, November 1, while Whitley host another of the promoted sides, West Allotment Celtic, on Boxing Day, with the return fixture scheduled for Good Friday.

In the League Cup, Whitley have been given a bye to the second round where they will travel to Seaham Red Star.

The highlight of Whitley’s pre-season friendlies is a prestigious fixture at home to Scottish Premiership side St Mirren on Monday, July 28, kick-off 7.30pm.

The pre-season programme gets under way on Thursday, July 3, away to Jarrow FC, while the first home friendly is on Saturday, July 19, against Wakefield.