Whitley Bay face five games in 12 days

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

Weather permitting, Whitley Bay have a fixture schedule that would frighten most Premier League managers as they face five games in the next 12 days.

The backlog caused by the wet winter weather sees Ian Chandler’s side at home to second top Guisborough Town tomorrow (Tuesday 7.45pm) before travelling to Jarrow Roofing on Saturday for a reunion with legendary striker Paul Chow, who returned to his home town club 12 months ago after a glorious career at Hillheads.

Then on Tuesday, March 1, Whitley are back at Hillheads to take on league champions Marske United, currently in fifth place, and just 48 hours later Dunston UTS are the visitors in the third round of the League Cup.

This will be the third time the sides have met this season, the two previous meetings ending in narrow victories for the Gateshead side.

Two days later, on Saturday, March 5, Whitley face a trip to North Yorkshire for the return game with Marske.

With so many matches coming up, Chandler plans to add at least two new players to his squad and is hoping that both will be available for the Guisborough game.

Whitley Bay FC thanked all those supporters who went along to Hillheads to help with pitch maintenance on Sunday morning.

The playing surface cut up badly during the dreadful conditions encountered at last Tuesday’s game against Newton Aycliffe and the assistance of fans was greatly appreciated by the club.