Honours even in Whitley Bay derby meeting with Ashington
A draw was a fair result between two well matched teams in Whitlwy Bay's derby game at Ashington's Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday evening.
It was Bay’s first game in more than two weeks and they took a while to settle as the home side had the better of the early exchanges.
Former Bay striker Ryan McGorrigan was not far off target for the hosts after just three minutes, but when Whitley did create an opening, Kyle Patton was clear on goal but was foiled as keeper Conor Grant raced out to block his shot.
With 19 minutes played, Kyle Patton turned provider, setting up Thibault Charmey whose first time shot crashed off a defender and behind for a corner.
Two minutes later, Charmey played a delightful chip over the defence and a well timed run from Callum Patton took him clear and he slotted the ball past Grant to put Whitley in front.
On the half hour, Tom Flynn kept the visitors in front with a fine save before Ben Harmison hit the base of the Bay post with a powerful volley.
A free kick five minutes before the interval led to the equaliser as Henderson floated the ball into the Whitley goalmouth where Ben Harmison headed home.
Four minutes into the second half, Alex Kempster was narrowly off target for Whitley, who then forced two corners in quick succession.
Chances came and went at both ends as both sides searched for the winner, McGorrigan’s ball across the Bay goalmouth failing to get the vital final touch while Bay substitute Liam Brooks was inches away from connecting with an in-swinging corner from Callum Patton.
Andrew Bulford had an excellent chance to seal the points for Ashington in the closing stages but Flynn did well to get his fingertips to the ball and push it over the bar.
Deep into stoppage time, another corner from Callum Patton beat the home defence and also the in-rushing Tom Potter.
The point extended Whitley’s unbeaten run to five games and keeps them in eighth place, but frustratingly, they now face another free weekend with their next game not until a week on Saturday when they are away to Dunston UTS.
However, the reserves will be in action at Hillheads on Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm, when they face Northbank Carlisle.
Whitley Bay: Flynn, Haley, McDonald, C Patton, Anderson, Keltie (Wilkinson 65), Potter, Charmey, Robertson (Brooks 79), Kempster, K Patton (Glen-Ravenhill 74).