Andy Robertson bagged a hat-trick as Whitley Bay maintained their 100 per cent pre-season record with a 3-1 victory over Glasgow side Bridgewater at Hillheads on Saturday.
In an entertaining first half, Whitley took the lead after 25 minutes, but Bridgewater proved tough opponents and they levelled with a penalty just after half-time, but two goals in the last 20 minutes earned Bay the win.
Whitley started well and after just six minutes Kyle Fryatt broke away but saw his shot saved by Martin Fitzsimmons. Two minutes later the keeper pushed an effort from Adam Shanks over the bar.
Bridgewater responded with Scott Paterson’s first time shot arrowing towards goal before Tom Flynn palmed the ball clear.
The visitors grew into the game and midway through the half Paul Gordon was narrowly off target, his powerful shot just clearing the bar.
Whitley went ahead in the 25th minute when Robertson neatly lobbed the ball over Fitzsimmons from close range.
Shanks then had a shot deflected past the post for a corner, but their efforts to increase the lead were thwarted by a strong and well organised Bridgewater defence.
Both sides made a number of changes at half-time and eight minutes after the restart, Whitley were penalised for a push inside the box and Gordon slotted home the penalty to level the scores.
David Berry almost restored Whitley’s lead in the 61st minute with a free kick that clipped the angle of bar and post, but Berry’s contribution to the game proved crucial 12 minutes later when his accurate through ball set up Robertson who drove the ball low under the keeper to put Whitley back in front.
The Scottish side were tiring and Whitley were comfortably on top with Robertson going close several times, while Chris McDonald brought a fine save from Fitzsimmons late on.
The final goal came in added time when Kempster played Robertson clear and his confident finish made the final score 3-1.
Whitley Bay: Flynn, Gibson, McDonald, Wilkinson, Anderson, Blake, Fryatt, Fowler, Shanks, Patton, Robertson. Second half subs: Munro, Kempster, Haley, Berry.
Following midweek games at home to Alnwick Town on Tuesday and a visit to Jarrow FC at their Perth Green ground on Thursday, kick-off 7pm, Whitley complete their pre-season programme on Saturday with a home game against higher ranked opponents, Evo-Stik League side Lincoln United. Kick-off at Hillheads is 3pm.