The tough games keep coming for Whitley Bay

For the fourth time in five games Whitley Bay will go up against one of the Northern League pace setters when Marske United visit Hillheads on Saturday.

The team that beat Whitley in last season’s League Cup Final have been one of the front runners in the current campaign and are currently in fourth place but with games in hand on the three sides above them.

Boasting the only unbeaten away record in the league, Marske will provide stern opposition for a Bay side under caretaker management while the club looks for a successor to Leon Ryan.

There has been plenty of interest in the manager’s position and not just at a local level.

Over the weekend the vacancy was featured nationally on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The club said the selection process is under way and an announcement will be placed on the club’s website

The run of home fixtures continues over the holiday period with a local derby against West Allotment Celtic scheduled for Boxing Day with a midday kick-off.

That will be Whitley’s final game of 2014.

The new year begins with another two home games, against Penrith on Saturday, January 3, and then a rearranged fixture against Bedlington Terriers at Hillheads the following Tuesday evening, January 6, kick-off 7.30pm.