Whitley sunk by two late goals
Shildon 2Whitley Bay 1Two goals in the last ten minutes turned this game on its head just when it looked as if Whitley would come away victorious from promotion chasing Shildon.
Not for the first time this season Whitley were on the wrong end of a controversial and game changing decision by the match officials when an equalising goal was awarded nine minutes from time despite the scorer looking well offside.
Neither side had been in action for three weeks due to the recent wet weather and it took some time for the game to come to life.
Neither side looked like scoring before half-time, but just two minutes before the interval Callum Anderson’s ball into the Shildon box was not cleared and after Robinson and Taylor both attempted to get in shots, the ball rebounded to Coleby Shepherd, who from 18 yards out drilled the ball through the home defence and into the net.
Shildon eventually drew level when Trotter netted, but he looked to be offside, but the referee let it stand after consultation with his linesman.
The winning goal came in the 90th minute when miscommunication between Lister and defender James Martin resulted in a tangle just inside the box and a penalty was awarded. Michael Sweet beat Lister’s dive to put the Railwaymen in front to secure all three points and lift Shildon into second place.
Due to the quirks of the fixture list, Whitley now have a run of three consecutive home games in March, starting on Saturday when Sunderland RCA are the visitors.