Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson was delighted with his side’s FA Vase win over West Allotment, but he is still looking to make improvements.
He said: “We did well, especially considering the suspensions and injuries we’ve got.
“We’re getting a good squad together but we keep picking up injuries.
“Michael Bell was good in the air, scored a goal and could have had two or three. He had a good debut and I was pleased for him. You can see what I brought him in for because he’s got that aerial threat, also he’s a Whitley Bay lad and that’s what it’s about.
“When I took over the chairman asked me to bring in local players.
“But we’re still missing something; I don’t think we’re winning the ball back quickly enough.
“Teams tend to counter attack on us a bit too easily. I was really disappointed with throw-ins, and their goal came from a throw-in.
“I thought we needed a bit more energy in midfield. We talked about it at half-time and we were better in the second half.
“Kris Hughes has done a real shift today, it wasn’t really a winger’s game so he found himself in unfamiliar positions, but then got a great goal.
“Stephen Young came on and did well, he got his goal. As I know from when we were at Benfield where he helped us win the league, he’s a goal poacher, but needs to get a bit more up to speed.
“Chris Reid and Richard Flynn are developing a good partnership at the back.”