Bay run ends in loss to West
West Auckland Town 5Whitley Bay 1Whitley’s winning run came to an end at West Auckland but the final score tells only part of the story.
After fighting their way back from the loss of an early goal, they had a potential second goal ruled out, when they thought it had clearly crossed the line.
They also had a player sent off which made their task all the more difficult.
West opened the scoring after just five minutes with a header from mar Purewal.
Scott Lowrey equalised, and he thought he had scored again, only for the effort to be ruled out by the referee.
In the 27th minute another header from Purewal gave West a 2-1 lead, whilst in the 42nd minute Whitley were reduced to ten men when Luke Salmon was red carded for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Whitley tried to give a good account of themselves in the second half, but in the 59th minute they fell further behind defender Liam Hegarty raced down the wing, cut inside and found the net with a good finish.
Brad Hoird almost pulled a goal back when his close range shot was palmed away by the home keeper, but in strength-sapping conditions, Whitley finally wilted when Allotment scored twice in the final ten minutes through Rees Greenwood, stretching their run to only one defeat in the last 12 games.
After the game Whitley manager Nathan Haslam said: "It just didn’t go for us. The result was convincing, but it might have been a different game if our second goal had been allowed to stand.”
On Saturday Whitley are away to Billingham Town.