Whitley Bay looking forward to reunion with former favourites at Seaham

Robbie Bird during his Whitley Bay days.
Robbie Bird during his Whitley Bay days.

With their FA Cup run ended, Whitley Bay now turn their attention back to the Northern League, and they have a huge fixture backlog to contend with.

Having played just six league games, they find themselves only third from the foot of the table, but with up to eight games in hand on their rivals.

On Saturday, they travel to Seaham Red Star, promoted as second division champions last season.

The County Durham side have not made the best of starts to the current campaign but are now beginning to find their form.

It will be a day of reunions with Bay legend Lee Kerr now captaining the Star, and they also have Robbie Bird, last season’s Whitley Bay player of the year in their ranks.

Whitley will have Robbie Williamson and Liam Hudson available following suspension, along with FA Cup-tied Michael Bell, and Steve Gibson is back from holiday.

However, there are doubts over the fitness of Chris Reid and Sam Norris.

Kick-off will be at 3pm at Seaham Town Park.

Next Tuesday, Whitley welcome Steve Harmison’s Ashington to Hillheads for what is always an eagerly-awaited derby fixture. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Before either of those games, Bay will be hosting Shildon tonight for a league game, kicking off at 7.30pm.

The County Durham side currently top the Ebac Northern League division one table with 33 points, putting them 23 points and 19 places ahead of Whitley Bay, though the North Tynesiders have eight games in hand on them.

Shildon have won 11 of their 14 games so far and lost three.