Two tough games for Whitley Bay as title chasers visit Hillheads

The Northern League fixture list has presented Whitley Bay with two attractive but tough home games in the space of four days.

Second top Guisborough Town visit Hillheads on Saturday and leaders West Auckland follow on Tuesday evening.

The two games will prove a real test for Paddy Atkinson’s men, who have shown improved form in recent games.

Guisborough have a hugely impressive away record, losing only once all season on their travels, and are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in the league.

Their Achilles heel has been their early season home form and Whitley were among the sides to capitalise, taking all three points on their trip to North Yorkshire in the autumn when they ran out 2-1 winners.

The Priorymen will be looking to maintain their championship challenge, as will Tuesday’s visitors West Auckland, who currently sit just one point clear at the top of the table.

Auckland are always a difficult side to beat and are aiming to win the title for the first time since 1961. Kick-off for this game will be at 7.30pm.

Following these encounters, Whitley have a run of five away games before completing their fixtures at home to Crook Town on Saturday, April 25.

The first silverware of the season could be on its way to Hillheads on Wednesday evening next week (March 25) when Whitley Bay Reserves take on Wallington in the final of the Northumberland FA Benevolent Bowl at Whitley Park, Benton, home of West Allotment Celtic. Kick-off is at 7pm.