Bay lose seven goal thriller
Ryhope CW 4Whitley Bay 3In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Whitley made a disastrous start, conceding twice in the first eight minutes, but recovered strongly, scoring two goals towards the end of the first half.
Ryhope regained control in the second half and a stoppage time penalty came too late for Whitley to rescue a point.
Ryhope took the lead after only five minutes when Hird drilled the ball in following a corner.
Two minutes later the Bay defence looked all at sea and Hird capitaliswed for a second time to double his side’s advantage.
Whitley responded and after Marcus Giles shot wide, he also struck the side netting.
They managed to reduce the arrears after 35 minutes when Coleby Shepherd fired past the home keeper
.And they drew level three minutes before half-time when Giles clipped the ball over Winter and into the roof of the net.
In the second half Jennison got his fingers to a shot from Trewick, pushing the ball onto the top of the bar, but from the corner that followed, the ball was not well defended and when it was played back into the box, Riding poked it over the line from close range to put Ryhope back in front.
Eleven minutes from time Bird added a fourth for the home side, slotting home from a narrow angle. It looked all over for Whitley now though they kept battling away and in stoppage time they were awarded a penalty for a handball just inches inside the box. James Fairley sent Winter the wrong way from the spot just before the referee blew the final whistle.