Rain stops play for locals

Heavy rain and waterlogged pitches again forced the postponement of many local football games at the weekend.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 12:30 pm
Marc Nash.

Whitley Bay’s home match against Penrith was one of those called off and has now been re-arranged for next Tuesday, December 3.

Whitley, who currently sit 16th in Northern League Division 1 with 14 points from their 17 games, also hope to be back in action this Saturday (November 30) when they are due to take on Northallerton at Hillheads.

The Reserves played their Northern Alliance League Cup tie against AFC Killingworth on the all-weather pitch at Benfield Sports Centre where they were narrowly beaten 4-3.

North Shields, who are sixth in the table with 30 points from their 19 games, also saw their home game against Thornaby postponed on Saturday.

Weather permitting, they do not have long to wait before facing their Teeside opponents, however, as the sides are due to meet again this Saturday at Thornaby in what is the first of the second half of the season fixtures.

Manager Marc Nash said: “Thornaby are a decent side and we are expecting another tough game.

“It’s been frustrating with all the recent rain-offs as it affects everyopne’s momentum.

“The short-term aim is to be in the top five at the half-way stage of the season so we are well placed, but we can’t allow slip-ups in the next few games.”

The Robins have not played since their last gasp away win over Northallerton almost three weeks ago and are keen to get back into competitive action.