Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club men’s first XI ended the season in style with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bowdon.
Two goals in either half cemented fourth position in the Northern Premier League and another goal for the prolific Chris Traynor saw him finish top goal scorer in the league with 26.
Whitley Bay set out their stall in the first half restricting Bowdon to few chances, playing calm and patient hockey.
It did not take too long until they were ahead as Steven Hill lifted in a rebound off the keeper’s pads from close range.
With ten minutes remaining in the half it was Traynor’s time to get on the score sheet, as he was able to calmly finish a pull back from Phil Ithurralde.
The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first as Whitley Bay continued to dominate, with goalkeeper Jordan Thompson only called into action on the odd occasion, and to which he was more than capable.
Whitley Bay put the game out of sight as both James Talbot and Hector Hall scored, Hall’s being the goal of the game with a diving deflection at a penalty corner which went in off the upright and flew back across the goal, nestling in the far side netting.
It was a pleasing end to maybe not an altogether pleasing season, where inconsistency saw any early title hopes drift away. However, there are positives for Whitley Bay to grow and take into next season.
Meanwhile the ladies’ first team were beaten 1-0 by Wakefield and finished the season as run ners-up in their league.
But the ladies’ seconds finished bottom and are relegated, despite a 1-0 win over Didsbury Greys.
Other results: Ladies’ 3rds 2 Newcastle 0; Men’s 2nds 0 JPC 4; Men’s 3rds 1 Durham City 0 (cup quarter-final).