WHITLEY Bay have applied for promotion into the Evo-Stik League.
They were one of four Northern League clubs to submit an application before the December 31 deadline, with Dunston UTS, Sunderland RCA and Bishop Auckland the others.
With confirmation that Hillheads has passed ground grading requirements, Whitley Bay would have to finish either first or second to gain promotion.
Bay manager Ian Chandler, pictured, said: “It won’t be easy. There are teams that can catch us up and West Auckland can get ten points if they win their games in hand.
“Spennymoor and Dunston can also catch up but hopefully we will be able to claw a few more points.
“There are five or six really good teams, it will be a tough one but we will give it a go.”
Chandler was speaking ahead of the division one clash at Dunston on Tuesday night and said the club were ideally placed for the start of the year.
He added: “We are in a good place, we have got points on the board and we have gone six games unbeaten so finding a bit of form.
“It’s maybe a little bit of confidence that we need now but everything is coming along nicely.”
Promotion would involve more travelling, a factor that could rule out some of the current squad.
Chandler added: “The team I have at the minute could play in that league, but there may be a few who can’t or who don’t want to travel so we would maybe have to add five or six to the squad.”