Cup tie ends in penalty defeat
Consett 3Whitley Bay 3(Consett won 9-8 on pens)In a classic League Cup tie at Consett on Tuesday, Whitley fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 scoring two goals in the last minute, writes Julian Tyley.
Whitley conceded three goals in the first 38 minutes but they fought back through James Martin with a stunning 30 yard shot in the 40th minute, Luke Salmon after an amazing goalmouth scramble in the 89th minute after the ball had rebounded off the post and new signing Andre Bennett with a well drilled shot from 10 yards in the 90th minute.
The game then went to penalties. It was only after 20 kicks that Consett eventually won 9-8 to reach the quarter finals.
On Saturday, Whitley Bay went down to a slender 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Northallerton Town.
In a drab encounter, the Yorkshire side took the points with the only goal of the game in the second half, the victory helping them climb off the bottom of the table.
There were few chances at either end in a first half extended by over six minutes due to injuries which affected both sides.
Whitley’s best chance of the game came 13 minutes into the second half when the unmarked Shepherd blazed his shot high over the bar.
The moment that was to decide the game arrived in the 66th minute, after Whitley conceded a corner on the Northallerton left.
When the ball was played into the box, it was not properly cleared and in the scramble that ensued, Lee Brockbank poked the ball home from close range.