|Arngrove Northern League Division One||114|
|Thursday 10th April 2008||Northallerton Town V Whitley Bay||2-3|
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Match Report By Peter Fox (apologies for the length of this report - notes and programme rather soggy!)
If it’s Thursday it must be Northallerton…
A game notable for two things. Bay put a half to their mini slump (after all that is what two away defeats amounts to now. Back in the day nobody would be complaining/worried etc. I think it it called raised expectations)and Lee Kerr’s 100th goal for the club.
In a game played in pretty awful weather for most of the time Whitley created the first chance when Kerr forced Northallerton keeper Michael Thackery into a fine save. Bay forced the breakthrough in the 11th minute when Paul Chow was put through (by Kerr I think) and confidently beat Thackery.
Bay were doing all the pressing so it came as something of a shock when Danny Earl equalised, slotting past McLean after 25 minutes.
Whitley continued to attack and only two minutes later came the goal Whitley fans had been waiting for (pity so few actually saw it- sods law it was a Thursday night away game). Paul Robinson fed Kerr and although Thackery got a hand to the shot he couldn’t stop the ball going in. Cue celebrations!
Whitley nearly made it 3-1 when Thackery produced a superb tip round to deny Chow and then from the corner Smith headed just wide.
Bay were made to pay for missing their chances when Josh DeSilva fired Northallerton level right on half time.
Whitley went ahead for the third time five minutes into the second half when the home defence couldn’t muscle Chow off the ball and he fired home his second of the night. He came close to completing has hat trick nine minutes later when he scuffed a cross from sub Chris Moore.
Kerr put over a poor cross with Chow well placed and then Moore twice saw efforts cleared off the line. Northallerton came close when Lenaghan forced McLean into a good save.
Kerr saw a rasping drive spectacularly tipped over by Thackery in stoppage time, before Northallerton almost snatched a point right at the death when Earl saw an effort cleared off the line by Smith..
Bay: McLean, Taylor, Picton (Minto), Rowe, Smith, Woodhouse, Livermore (Moore), Robson, Kerr, Chow, Robinson (Dugdale)