Whitley Bay win FA Vase for third year running

WHITLEY Bay FC have rewritten the record books as they beat Coalville Town 3-2 in an enthralling FA Vase final at Wembley.

Their third consecutive win came courtesy of a Paul Chow double and a Lee Kerr header.

But Bay’s hero was man of the match Terry Burke, who justified his selection ahead of youngster Kyle Hayes with an outstanding second half display as he denied Coalville with some outstanding saves.

The Leicestershire-based side dominated for long spells of the game, but in the end it was Bay’s experience which brought the trophy to North Tyneside for a third year running and the fourth time in their history.

Chow had put Bay in front just before the half hour mark, but Coalville equalised early in the second period.

But Kerr headed Bay back in front from a Paul Robinson cross before Coalville refused to lie down and equalised for a second time ten minutes from time.

With the contest heading towards extra time, it was Kerr and Chow who once again came to the fore.

Five minutes from time A Kerr free-kick hit the bar and it was Chow who bundled the ball over the line for his 14th, and most important, goal of this season’s competition.

Despite late pressure from Coalville, Whitley Bay held firm to take the final whistle as winners for the third year running.