Bay let lead slip to Shildon
Whitley Bay 1Shildon 2Despite taking an early lead and creating the majority of the chances, Whitley suffered another narrow defeat after Shildon scored twice in a four minute spell during the second half.
Whitley opened the scoring with a 12th minute penalty from Brad Hird after Josh Macdonald was fouled.
Shildon made all three substitutions after half time and they soon made an impact. Less than three minutes after the restart Danny Craggs drove in a free kick that rattled the post.
In the 55th minute, captain Aidan Heywood went down the right wing and crossed to the edge of the six yard box where Craggs directed a header just inside the far post to level the score.
Four minutes after their equaliser, Shildon took the lead when Ben Trotter volleyed across goal and into the net.
On Tuesday Whitley recorded a 5-1 away win over Durham City in their League Cup group, a result which virtually guarantees progression to the knockout stage with just a draw needed in their final group game at home to Birtley next Tuesday evening.
The only goal of the first half came in the 29th minute when Brad Hird headed home James Martin’s cross from the left. Hird doubled the lead five minutes after the interval with a penalty following a hand ball in the box.
Durham pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, but Macdonald burst through to add a third before Bird completed his first hat-trick for the club. Durham then had a player sent off before Luke Taylor completed the scoring for the visitors.