✔707 Valley Gardens

Whitley Bay Sporting Club 3-5 Heaton Stannington A
Northumberland FA Minor Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 9th November 2019
 Whitley Bay Sports Club started life in the Northern Alliance Division Two as West Allotment Celtic 'A' in 2013. After two seasons they changed to Whitley Bay Boys Club Seniors before changing again to their present name in 2017, winning promotion to Division One as runner-up last season.

Valley Gardens Middle School
Valley Gardens
NE25 9AQ

Current Northern Alliance grounds visited 35

The enclosed 4G pitch is within the grounds of the school. The ground is just around the corner from Churchill Playing Fields where I saw Monkseaton play as part of Around The Alliance part eighteen in 2017.
Whitley Bay SC 3(Bruce 57OG Blythe 60 Atkinson 88pen)
Heaton Stannington A 5(Ogidan 18,35,89 Wilson 77,86)
Northumberland FA Minor Cup Round 3
1.30pm ko

Heaton Stan took control of the first half with a well taking double by Usman Ogidan. Whitley levelled through an unfortunate own goal by Layton Bruce and a well taking right foot drive from Liam Blythe to make it 2-2 on the hour mark. The visitors regained the lead when a mazzy run and shot from Ogidan was saved, but sub Josh Wilson was on hand to tap home the rebound. Wilson added his second before the home team again reduced the arrears when Tom Atkinson converted a penalty with two minutes left. Stan booked their place in the next round a minute later when Ogidan completed his hat-trick to make it 5-3. 
12 miles door-to-door

Another week when the weather was okay until Friday, then a day of heavy rain cattle-trucks Saturday's Non-League football, so this meant yet another 4G cage for my football fix. 
I battled my way through the heavy traffic on the Tyne Bridge and Coast Road to arrive just as the players held a minutes silence prior to the kick off. It was a nice surprise to see Lee & Katie in the crowd, after they abandoned their planned trip to watch Plymouth in the FA Cup away at Bolton Wanderers.

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