Whitley Bay face ending season with four games in seven days

A waterlogged goalmouth at Hillheads.
A waterlogged goalmouth at Hillheads.

It was the same old story at the weekend, and indeed all of last week, with the majority of Northern League games yet again falling foul of the wet weather.

Whitley Bay’s Tuesday night game against West Allotment Celtic and the League Cup semi-final at Marske on Thursday were both called off due to waterlogged pitches.

And the same fate befell what would have been Whitley’s first Saturday game at Hillheads in two months when persistent wintry conditions ended hopes of staging the game against Consett.

The Northern League secretary has faced a real headache in rearranging all the postponed games into the final four weeks of the season, and Whitley will now end the campaign with four games in seven days.

This week’s fixtures remain unchanged and after two midweek games, Whitley will be keeping fingers firmly crossed in the hope that conditions allow them to play only their second home Saturday game of the year when they are due to face Sunderland RCA at Hillheads.

The Ryhope club, who had an excellent first half of the season, are going through a bad spell with only one win in six games and Whitley will be hoping to capitalise and exact revenge for a 2-1 defeat at Meadow Park back in November.

Next Tuesday sees Whitley at home to West Allotment while two days later they travel to Guisborough Town.

That game is quickly followed by a return trip to North Yorkshire for the League Cup semi-Final at Marske United on Saturday, April 30.

With this game having been moved to a weekend, a much bigger crowd is anticipated with a large contingent of Bay fans expected to travel.

Whitley’s revised end of season fixture list is as follows:

Tuesday, April 19, Dunston UTS, home; Thursday, April 21, West Auckland, away; Saturday, April 23, Sunderland RCA, home; Tuesday, April 26, West Allotment Celtic, home; Thursday, April 28, Guisborough Town, away; Saturday, April 30, Marske United, League Cup semi-final, away; Tuesday, May 3, Newton Aycliffe, away; Thursday, May 5, Jarrow Roofing, home; Saturday, May 7, Durham City, home; Monday, May 9, Consett, home.