Whitley Bay look to make most of home double

WHITLEY Bay will be hoping to continue their improved form of late and climb further up the Northern League first division table as they look forward to two home games in the next few days.

Saturday sees Team Northumbria make only their second visit to Hillheads, following their promotion as second division champions at the end of last season.

They are comfortably placed in mid-table though their form has been rather inconsistent.

Bay will be hoping to exact some degree of revenge for the humiliating defeat they suffered at the hands of the Students in the only previous game between the sides – last season’s Northumberland Senior Cup, when Whitley were soundly beaten 5-0, and after a series of controversial decisions ended the game with just nine men.

Then on Tuesday, October 16, Whitley Bay are back at Hillheads for a rearranged game against Norton and Stockton Ancients.

The match was due to be played last month but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch when flooding caused chaos across the region.

Bay enjoyed their biggest win for some time, a comprehensive 8-1 victory, at Norton in the League Cup a few weeks ago and will be hoping for three points on Tuesday.

But the Teessiders will doubtless be looking to restore pride and a tough game is expected.