Atkinson disappointed as Bay are knocked out of FA Vase

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.
Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.

A disappointed Paddy Atkinson felt that the playing conditions were a major factor in his side’s FA Vase defeat to Dunston UTS on Saturday.

Bay were beaten by the same opponents and by the same score for the second season running.

Atkinson said: “Three weeks ago I said the pitch would cost us and that’s exactly what happened.

“We tried to play football but that surface was against us.”

Describing the incident which led to Dunston’s second goal, when keeper Andy Jennison completely missed the ball when attempting a clearance, he said: “That ball over the top just didn’t bounce, it stuck in the mud.”

The Bay manager added that the wind had played a significant role in the game.

He said: “In the first half they used the wind with long balls downfield and when Andy was kicking the ball it didn’t reach the halfway line, then in the second half the wind died down.

“The first goal was definitely offside, but these things happen, and the second goal was down to individual errors and the pitch.

“It’s disappointing because the conditions suited them with the way they play the long ball.

“It was the same as last week, they weren’t any better than us.

“It’s called percentage football and someone’s going to make a mistake and that’s what happened again today. It was individual errors that cost us again.

“I can’t say Andy didn’t play well, he made some fantastic saves in the first half and I can’t say any of the lads out of that 11 didn’t play well because it was 0-0 at half-time, but then you make two mistakes.

“I’m disappointed because they haven’t had to work for their goals.”