A 4-1 defeat to Gateshead Rutherford was Whitley Bay’s seventh in a row, but there is space to be confident about survival yet. The hosts are currently in the only relegation spot in the league but are just one point behind FC United of Newcastle, who sit in 15th, one place above them, and may be even more confident of getting a result against an inconsistent Alnwick Town side.

Alnwick have been on the right and wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline in recent weeks. They are the only side the beat Wallington in 2019 but then suffered defeat against North Shields Athletic, in their last match.

Youth remains a key part of the revamp of Alnwick Town and there is plenty to be excited about, especially for this match. Evan McEwan was the man of the match for the part he played in Alnwick’s surprise victory while Leon Midgely almost saved his side from defeat in the last match by hitting the bar in the last match, after he had already scored earlier in the game.

Alnwick Team News
Lee Dundas was replaced early on in Alnwick’s last match, due to an injury he picked up, and is therefore doubtful for this match.

Phil Airey returned to action for Town last week after missing several matches, replacing Scott Maddison in the starting line-up.

There was also a return for Ryan Douglas, who partnered Jonathyn Quinn in centre midfield.

Last meeting –

Earlier in the season, Whitley Bay A ran out 3-1 winners at St James' Park in what was a deserved victory. Their squad appears to have changed since then, with players departing elsewhere, including goalscorer Thomas Kalthoeber who has been playing for Ashington in the Northern League.

Ones to watch –
Sven Hart, Whitley Bay AThree goals in four matches is a good return for any striker, but given these three goals have all come in defeats highlights Hart’s importance to this team.

Leon Midgely, Alnwick TownDespite being limited to substitute appearances, the attacking midfielder brought through from the youth team has already provided his first goal for the club, as well as an assist.