Ashington 1Whitley Bay 2Whitley came out on top after an entertaining and action packed derby game at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday evening.
After looking the better side in the opening stages, Whitley conceded a 23rd minute penalty when keeper Dan Lister brought down Dylan Williamson in the box but the teenage keeper redeemed himself with an excellent diving save to keep out Callum Johnston’s spot kick. Play immediately switched to the other end where Craig McFarlane played in James Proctor who slotted the ball under keeper Dan Staples and into the net to give Whitley the lead. However, Whitley’s injury jinx struck again as in scoring the goal, Proctor pulled a hamstring and was unable to continue.
Whitley were looking the stronger side but Ashington almost levelled just before the interval when Johnston’s free kick crashed off the bar.
The home side came more into the game after the break but Whitley doubled their lead and appeared to have made the game safe in the 72nd minute when Nathan Stephenson’s tremendous volley crashed off the inside of the post and rebounded into the net. The Colliers fought back and a handball by Tom Graham gave them a second penalty which ex-Bay midfielder Kyle Downey converted to set up an exciting finale. Ashington captain Curtis Coppen was sin-binned five minutes from time leaving the hosts a man short as Whitley saw out the remainder of the game to claim a deserved victory.
On Saturday, Whitley Bay lost 2-0 at home to Ryhope, with both goals coming late in the second half.