Hebburn Town 1Whitley Bay 2Whitley Bay produced one of their best performances of the season as they defeated title chasing Hebburn Town on a blustery night on South Tyneside on Tuesday.
The game was delayed for 25 minutes due to floodlight failure but when it eventually got underway, it was an evenly matched contest until Graeme Armstrong gave Hebburn a 34th minute lead.
After the interval Whitley deservedly drew level in the 52nd minute when Lewis Orrell slotted into an empty net after Michael Colquhoun’s shot had been blocked by keeper Foden. A great shot from Lee Kerr crashed off the underside of the bar but was grabbed on the line by the keeper. Whitley took the lead in the 68th minute after Colquhoun’s shot had been cleared but Brad Hird won the ball 25 yards out and rifled a tremendous shot past Foden.
Whitley came under late pressure but keeper Dan Lister produced two outstanding saves to ensure that Whitley claimed victory. The game saw a landmark reached by defender Callum Anderson who made his 350th appearance for the club.
On Saturday, Whitley were involved in an eight-goal thriller when they faced Bishop Auckland away, the teams drawing 4-4. Whitley played almost the entire second half with only ten men after seven of the goals came in a frantic first half.
Bishop took the lead after only three minutes, but Bay equalised. The home side moved 3-1 and 4-2 in front, but at the break it was 4-3. Taylor was red carded early in the second half, but a curling corner from Smith earned a draw.