Ten-man Whitley Bay’s first clean sheet of season earns point

Ryan Keltie wins a header for Whitley Bay against Bishop Auckland.

Ryan Keltie wins a header for Whitley Bay against Bishop Auckland.

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Ten-man Whitley Bay earned their first clean sheet of the season in a hard fought game at in-form Bishop Auckland on Tuesday evening.

It was their third draw in their last four games, and as was the case in the other three, they could have won the game if they had taken all of their first half chances.

The hosts, who have lost only once so far this season, failed to create a chance of note in the first half while Whitley, despite controlling midfield and showing some attractive approach work, lacked the vital finishing touch in front of goal.

The second half brought a turnaround in fortunes with Bishops looking much more lively and Bay’s cause suffered a set back five minutes after the restart when influential defender Angelos Eleftheriadis was sent off for a bad tackle.

However, excellent defending kept the home side out with Josh Nearney making two vital goal line clearances and keeper Tom Flynn, back from holiday, also making crucial saves.

Young centre back Ryan Keltie stifled the threat from prolific striker Andrew Johnson while substitutes Ross Wilkinson and Dillon Blake both played their part in a battling Bay performance.

Whitley Bay now look forward to starting their Buildbase FA Vase campaign at home to Stockton Town on Saturday.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, Nearney, McDonald, Fowler, Keltie, Eleftheriadis, Fryatt (Wilkinson 56), Potter, Robertson (Blake 56), Patton (Haley 83), Kempster.

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