Whitley Bay hit by bad weather

Whitley Bay's Adam Shanks
Whitley Bay's Adam Shanks

Torrential rain on Saturday morning wreaked havoc with the local football fixtures.

Although conditions improved dramatically by the afternoon, the damage had already been done and, along with most other grounds in the North East, Hillheads Park was waterlogged, so Whitley Bay’s Ebac Northern League game against Norton & Stockton Ancients had to be called off.

The postponement adds to the club’s already lengthy backlog of fixtures and left manager Paddy Atkinson frustrated.

Following the midweek FA Vase victory over Northwich Manchester Villa, he was looking for his side to build momentum with three important league points at stake in their game against the struggling Teessiders.

It has been a hectic period for Whitley with two games a week since September and with the squad depleted by injuries but with several players now regaining fitness, the manager was hoping to see them back in action.

“It’s not a good thing (having the game postponed) and just about everyone is back now” he commented.

Groundstaff did an excellent job to ensure that the Hillheads pitch was fit for Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup tie - a game Whitley Women won 1-0 against Liverpool side Woolston to reach the First Round Proper of the competition.