|Arngrove Northern League Division One||268|
|Wednesday 26th December 2007||Whitley Bay V West Allotment Celtic||3-1|
Match Report By Peter Fox
Bay took some time to click here but when they got going they played some scintillating football. Dean Douglas made his debut in a very attack minded line up, even by Ian Chandlerís standards, with winger Chris Moore also in the line up having returned from America .
Allotment made a good start with Terry Burke having to tip over a shot from Ben Richardson in the first couple of moments and from the corner Dean Douglas blocked a Michael Fenwick effort. Whitley responded when Lee Kerr and Paul Robinson combined to set up Livermore but he shot straight at Kevin Morton in the West goal.
Allotment took the lead after 5 minutes when Ben Richardson was allowed space to curl a fine shot pat Terry Burke from around 18 yards.
Robinson created a chance for himself when a mazy run took him past a couple of defenders but his shot was too high.
West belied their lowly league position in the first half and Danny Patterson bent a free kick just wide of the Bay goal before Keith Douglas broke down the right but he shot straight at Burke when a cross may have been a better option.
After this flurry from the away side Bay started to come more into the game and Tony Woodhouse rounded keeper Morton and did well to get a cross into Damon Robson but the Bay defender saw his shot cleared off the line.
Chris Moore saw Morton tip his shot away before Dean Douglas played a 1-2 with Kerr but his shot was comfortably saved by Morton.
Bay equalised after 27 minutes after Robinsonís forceful run was brought to a halt by a powerful tackle, the ball broke to Kerr with his back to goal. A terrific turn left his marker rooted to the spot and the ball was past Morton in a flash.
Bay has their tails up now and a terrific pass from Robson set up Moore and his cross shot went just wide. Bay had to reshuffle their line up when Woodhouse pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Paul Chow on the half hour.
West showed they were still an attacking force when Tom Vickers flashed a header just wide but the visitors fell behind to a brilliantly worked second goal four minutes before the break
Dean Douglas picked up the ball in his own half and galloped down the left wing before passing inside to Robinson and his sublime pass sent Kerr away in between two defenders to finish emphatically into the top corner.
If this had been in the Premiership or Football League you would be seeing on the TV for weeks.
Bay nearly made it three before the break when Chow pulled the ball back but Robson lifted his shot over the bar.
At the start of the second half West came out in determined mood and the opening quarter was very even. The killer blow came just before the hour when Kerr picked the ball 20 yards from goal, advanced a couple of steps and bent the ball round Morton to complete a memorable hat trick.
Credit to West for keeping the score down from this point as Kerr, Robinson, Chow and others all came close to increasing the lead but it stayed at 3-1 and Bay stretched their unbeaten run to eight games, seven of which have been wins.
Bay: Burke, Taylor, Picton (Graham), Livermore, Coulson , Douglas (Minto), Moore, Robson, Woodhouse (Chow), Kerr, Robinson