Whitley out of luck again

Hebburn Town 2Whitley Bay 1For the second time in a week, luck was very much against Whitley as they suffered a narrow League Cup group match defeat on Tuesday, despite creating by far the greater number of chances.

Friday, 6th September 2019, 4:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 1:51 pm

Whitley handed debuts to their two latest signings and both Craig Spooner and Scott Lowery emerged with flying colours.

Hebburn opened the scoring after 37 minutes with a tremendous shot from Sullivan.

Craig McFarlane was unlucky when a shot from 25 yards crashed off the crossbar and back into play, but at half-time Whitley tailed 1-0.

Bay made a good start to the second half and Mcfarlane hit the woodwork again – a post – but less than 60 second later Salmon slotted home for the equaliser.

Unfortunately from a Bay perspective, Hebburn regained the lead just four minutes later when Darren Lough crossed from the left and Olly Martin, who left Whitley in the summer to join the Hornets, headed the ball home.

In the 69th minute, a right wing Whitley corner almost brought a second equaliser when Spooner met the ball perfectly but his powerful header crashed off the post with Jennison beaten. A period of sustained Bay pressure then stretched the home defence to the limit but despite getting twice as many shots on target as Hebburn, Whitley could not get the goal that would have earned them a point.

*On Saturday Whitley are at home to West Auckland Town (3pm) and next Tuesday, they face Hebburn Town again at home in the league (ko 7.30pm)