WHITLEY Bay face another very tough game on Saturday when they take on league leaders Sunderland RCA at Hillheads.
The Ryhope club suffered only their first defeat of the season last weekend and have surprised everyone, even themselves, by their excellent start to what is only their second season in the First Division.
This game will see Whitley, by permission of the STL Northern League, wearing pink shirts as they show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The club has taken part in fundraising for Breast Cancer Research over the past three years and once again, fans are being asked to wear something pink on Saturday and make a donation to the cause.
In the past, many fans have worn fancy dress.
Members of the Breast Cancer Campaign will be at the game and will be making a collection.
Team news is that Whitley will be without influential midfielder Paul Robinson for at least another week, as he recovers from the injury he picked up in the game at Billingham Synthonia, but there is a possibility that Craig McFarlane, another key member of the squad, may have recovered from his hamstring injury in time to play some part in Saturday’s game.
The return to the club of defender David Coulson, who joined Blyth Spartans in the summer, is a real boost, particularly at a time when injuries have contributed to some poor results.
With games coming thick and fast, Whitley’s resources will be tested to the full in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday evening, they face one of their longest trips of the league season when they travel to North Yorkshire to play newly promoted Guisborough Town. The last time they met was in 2005.
afternoon in January 2005 when Whitley won 3-0. That victory was only their second success in six visits to the King George V Ground.