Whitley Bay to meet Newcastle Reserves in Senior Cup

Whitley Bay have been drawn away to Newcastle United Reserves in the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

The sides have met three times in this competition over the past ten years, the last occasion being four years ago when Whitley enjoyed a 3-1 victory at Hillheads before going on to beat Ashington in the final.

Two years earlier, again in the semi-final, this time away from home, Whitley went down 2-1 after extra time, while in the previous season, Whitley shocked United with a 2-1 win at Kingston Park.

In the other semi-final tie, holders Ashington have been drawn at home to Blyth Spartans.

The games are due to be played before Saturday, March 22.

This weekend Whitley face the long trip to Cumbria to play Penrith and both sides will be anxious to see the game go ahead.

Whitley, without a fixture last Saturday, played only two games during February due to the wet weather while the Cumbrians have suffered the frustration of not playing at their Frenchfield home for three months as the pitch, close to the river Eden, has been waterlogged since well before Christmas.

The sides met at Hillheads in mid-December with Whitley taking the points in a 2-0 win.

Temporary manager Leon Ryan will be hoping to see his Bay side complete the double and climb into the top half of the Northern League first division table.

Then on Tuesday evening, Whitley are due to travel to West Auckland for their delayed Northern League Cup third round tie, with the winners having a home quarter-final against Bishop Auckland.