Bay put five past Harton and Westoe

New Whitley Bay signing Kris Hughes in action against Harton and Westoe.
New Whitley Bay signing Kris Hughes in action against Harton and Westoe.

Whitley Bay ran out comfortable winners of a hastily arranged friendly against Wearside League side Harton and Westoe on Monday evening.

Playing on the 3G all weather surface at Harton Technology College, Bay got off to the best possible start when Callum Anderson gave them the lead after just 75 seconds, slotting home the rebound from a free kick by Kris Hughes.

Nathan Jack doubled the lead after 36 minutes, netting from 12 yards to give Whitley a 2-0 interval lead.

Both sides made changes at half-time, and with the rain falling steadily it was one of the Bay substitutes, Kris Goss, who got goal number three after 64 minutes with a first time shot from 15 yards.

Whitley were comfortably in control and Stephen Young made it 4-0 after 73 minutes before Goss completed the nap hand three minutes later.

Neither of Bay’s goalkeepers, Andy Jennison and Dan Gladstone, were seriously tested as the hosts created few chances.

But two minutes from time Harton pulled a goal back in somewhat contentious circumstances, with substitute Sean Heads looking suspiciously offside when played through on goal.

The game gave the Whitley Bay squad a valuable workout as they build up towards the new season, with many new faces showing considerable promise, albeit against lower status opposition.

Whitley Bay: Jennison, Gibson, Flynn, Anderson, Laws, McDonald, Kempster, Bertram, Watling, Hughes, Jack. Second half subs: Gladstone, Reid, Goss, Norris, Young, Richardson, Lumsden.

Whitley Bay’s next friendly is away to Newcastle United Reserves at the NUFC Academy ground, off Greenlea Drive, Coach Lane, Benton, on Wednesday, July 22, kick-off 6.30pm.