Bridlington in Vase next for Whitley Bay

WHITLEY Bay host Bridlington Town on Saturday in the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

Bridlington won the trophy in 1993, beating Tiverton Town 1-0 in the final.

They currently lead the Northern Counties East League and are unbeaten in their last eight games, their most recent defeat coming at the hands of Tadcaster, who Bay beat in the last round.

A performance similar to that which they produced against Tadcaster will be needed if Whitley are to extend still further their record breaking run in the competition, in which they are now unbeaten in 27 games.

With the midweek game against Shildon called off, Ian Chandler will have the full week to prepare his side for the game and he will be hoping that the extra few days will give time for players to recover from injuries picked up during the hectic autumn programme which has seen Whitley playing twice every week since September.

Last Saturday’s victory at Bishop Auckland saw Lee Kerr regain his scoring touch and he could have a crucial role to play this weekend.

As usual in the FA Vase, a big crowd is expected for the game which has a 3pm kick off. In the event of a draw after extra time, the replay would take place next Tuesday at Bridlington, but if the game is decided on the day, Whitley will have a home league game next Tuesday against Billingham Town, who are currently struggling near the foot of the table.