Whitley striker nets nine in week
Whitley Bay 6Birtley Town 1Whitley have scored 17 goals in their last three games and this latest victory sees them comfortably through to the knockout stages of the League Cup.
Nathan Stephenson opened the scoring with a 34th minute penalty, just 60 seconds after Birtley keeper John Mordey had kept out a spot kick from Brad Hird. The Bay striker, currently in prolific form, made amends five minutes before the interval with a glancing header from Craig Spooner’s cross.
Birtley pulled a goal back, another penalty, two minutes after half time, but thereafter it was all Whitley and they restored their two goal lead in the 57th minute when Lewis Orrell got his first goal for the club after good work from James Martin.
Ten minutes later Hird made it 4-1 with a close range header. That was Hird’s ninth goal in a week, a remarkable record for the young striker signed in the summer. Orrell added a fifth before man of the match Macdonald rounded off the scoring with a tremendous individual goal in the 75th minute.
On Saturday, Whitley Bay had a good 6-2 away win over Sunderland RCA. A large contingent of fans were rewarded with an attacking display of football, Brad Hird scoring four of the goals.
Sunderland scored first but Hird equalised within 90 seconds. Hird then scored again with Craig Spooner adding a third. Sunderland pulled a goal back before half-time, but in the second half goals from Mark Robinson, Hird from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick, and Hird again with his fourth completed the win.