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Whitley Bay

Sat 25 Sep 2021 | Ebac Northern League Div 1 | Home




Graeme Hopper



Seaham continued their winning run with a hard fought 4-2 win against Whitley Bay.

Manager Mark Collingwood, made on change to the side that won at Billingham Town, bringing back the returning Jordan Patterson in place of Liam Heywood..

The Star side took a seventh minute lead when Adam Lennox raced into the box unchallenged from the right and his low shot went in off the far post. Bay captain Craig McFarlane then tried his luck with a shot from distance that flew over the bar but Seaham were looking the more dangerous side and a 20th minute shot from Joe Kerridge flew narrowly wide.

Battling their way back into the game, Whitley began to test the home defence and Jamie Dunn brought a save from ex-Bay keeper Andy Jennison with a powerful effort. Five minutes later McFarlane latched on to an overhead kick from Adam Shanks but his shot was scrambled clear. Whitley’s increasing pressure paid off on the half hour after Mitchell Ramsay’s shot was blocked at point blank range by Jennison. The ball ran loose and Richard Coulson drilled it home to level the score against his former team.

Almost from the restart, Whitley pushed forward again and Shanks was unlucky to see his lob shot just clear the bar. Two minutes later McFarlane played an excellent crossfield ball to the right wing where Coulson took it close to the by-line before playing it into the goalmouth where Shanks leapt to head home from close range. In the space of three minutes, Whitley had turned the game on its head but a lack of concentration after the game restarted proved costly with Seaham drawing level within a minute, Lennox producing a clinical finish that gave Bannon no chance.

It was a real end to end game now and when Ramsay controlled a ball played over the top near the halfway line, he raced clear on goal but was denied by a fine save from Jennison. It was the same story just before the interval as Jennison again kept his side level with a great save to block a close range shot from Ramsay.

Whitley had created enough chances in the first half to have won the game and they began the second period in similar fashion, with Shanks seeing a goalbound effort fingertipped over the bar. Seven minutes into the half, Matty Weirs was the next Bay player to be thwarted by Jennison , who then made a low save from Shanks.

Collingwood introduced recent signing Joshua Baggs for his debut and almost immediately the game changed into Seaham’s favour and in the 62nd minute, Seaham regained the lead after a spell of pressure when the ball was played out to Sayer on the left of the box, by Baggs,  and he drove a low shot across Bannon into the far corner of the net.

The hosts were now content to pack midfield and hold onto their lead, which they did effectively despite Whitley making all three substitutions in a bid to rescue the game.

There was still the chance of an equaliser but Bay hopes were finally extinguished in the 90th minute when a mistake by Dunn resulted in a penalty which Lennox converted to complete his hat trick.

The last 3 Red Star games have produced 3 wins, 9 goals of which Adam Lennox has claimed 6.


Team : Jennison, Hailes, Sayer, Kerr (Heywood), Nelson, Patterson, Kerridge (Robinson J), Bott, Lennox, Robinson M, Lawson (Baggs).


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