Bay heading to a happy hunting ground

With cup fixtures causing mayhem for the league fixture secretary, Whitley Bay travel up the coast on Saturday for a hastily rearranged Northern League game against Ashington.

The sides were due to meet in an evening fixture at the beginning of October but the game has been brought forward.

The Colliers’ new home at Woodhorn Lane has been a happy hunting ground for Whitley and in five visits they are unbeaten, having won four times and drawn once.

However, the last time the sides met was at St James’ Park in last season’s Northumberland Senior Cup final when the Colliers were convincing 3-0 winners.

Both sides have had mixed fortunes so far this season, and while Whitley started badly, but until last Saturday’s game in Carlisle, were back to something near their best, it has been a different story for Ashington with inconsistency being their main problem.

Their manager, former Bay Vase winning captain Gary Middleton, has admitted that on occasions his side have ‘failed to turn up’, but that could hardly be said of last Saturday when they travelled to Billingham Town and gave the league’s bottom side a drubbing, winning 8-1 with ex-Bay striker Glen Taylor bagging four goals.

Their home form has been good and they are currently unbeaten at Woodhorn Lane, so Whitley will be hoping that injuries to Tom Kindley and former Collier Chris Fawcett have cleared up by the weekend.

Whitley are due to return to Hillheads on Tuesday evening to take on Guisborough Town in a 7.45pm kick-off, but this game would be postponed if the Yorkshire side have an FA Vase replay of this Saturday’s tie against Durham City.

Details will appear on the club website