Three home games to start new season for Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay will begin the new Northern League season with three home games in succession.
They open with Guisborough Town the visitors on Tuesday, August 9, then on Saturday, August 13, newly promoted Sunderland Ryhope CW are the visitors to Hillheads.
The third game sees Newcastle Benfield as the opponents on Tuesday, August 16.
The home derby game against North Shields is scheduled for the bank holiday weekend, on Saturday, August 27.
Meanwhile three pre-season friendlies have been confirmed. They are on Saturday, July 16, home to Stockport Town, Tuesday, July 26, away to Whitby Town, and Saturday, July 30, home to Lincoln United.
Two key members of Whitley’s successful Reserves team have agreed first team terms for next season.
Striker Andy Robertson and midfielder Dillon Blake both made several first team appearances last season and turned in impressive performances, with Robertson scoring both goals in the 2-0 derby victory over North Shields on Easter Monday.
Blake came off the bench in the FA Cup tie against Chorley but made his first Northern League appearance three years ago as a 17-year-old.
Robertson said: “Happy to have finally made the decision to step up into Northern League with Whitley Bay FC after four very good years at the Reserves.
“I want to thank everyone involved for believing in me and all the support I have had.
“I am looking forward to my new challenge and hope to make an impact with this fantastic club.”