|FA Vase Semi-Final 1st Leg||2102|
|Saturday 22nd March 2008||Lowestoft Town V Whitley Bay||4-0|
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Match Report By Peter Fox
Bay left themselves a mountain to climb to reach Wembley after turning in an awful first half performance.
Maybe some players froze on the day or maybe they just didnít recover from being a goal and a man down in the first 15 minutes. Certainly the line up was what many Bay fans hoped for. On the positive side at least it happened in a two-legged game and they have a chance to put things right at Hillheads. Bay have scored four goals or more 12 times this season and a repeat of the way have played on many of those occasions will certainly see them getting close to overhauling this deficit
They were one down after 4 minutes when the Bay defence got in a tangle allowing Richard Woodrow a clear run on goal and he slotted past Terry Burke. Worse was to follow after 14 minutes when Brian Rowe was stupidly sent off after a tangle with Bradley Hough.
Shortly afterwards Burke produced a fine save to deny Reece Hunn as the home side looked to press home their advantage.
Whitley eventually put a promising move together but Dean Douglas put his cross behind the goaline. The home side were still having the better of it and Neil Plaskett headed just over from a corner. The game settled down a bit with Whitley holding their own and the traveling fans hoped they could get to half time and then regroup. However, two more goals before the break sealed their fate. After 38 minutes Burke brought down Hough and Woodrow dispatched the spot kick. Four minutes later and a high cross from Ryan Bloomfield caused problems for Burke and although he managed to palm the ball onto the bar Russel Stock was on hand to head home the rebound.
Whitley looked a lot more like their usual selves in the second half and Lee Kerr fired just wide from a free kick. Chris Moore put in a decent cross which Paul Chow got a good head onto put Andy Reynolds tipped it over the bar. As they kept pushing David Coulson put a header just wide. The home side suffered a set back as keeper Reynolds suffered what looked to be a serious leg injury after landing badly but it was the home side who nearly went further ahead when Woodrow spurned the chance of a hat-trick blasting over from a good position.
Whitley were creating chances but not managing to take them against nervous substitute keeper Adam Rix, and they had a penalty shout turned down in stoppage time when sub keeper Adam Rix seemed to foul Chow. As if to rub salt in the wound in the fifth minute of stoppage time a back heel from Gary McGee sent Jamie Godbold away and he coolly fired past Burke to complete a miserable day for the Bay.
Burke, Taylor, Douglas (Woodhouse), Rowe, Coulson, Dugdale (Graham), Moore, Robson, Kerr, Chow, Robinson (Minto)