Match Preview – Saturday 27th September 2014
NEWTON AYCLIFFE vs WHITLEY BAY
The AuxAudio.co.uk Stadium. Kick off 3pm.
By Paul McGeary
Newton Aycliffe return to Moore Lane looking to secure only their second home victory of the campaign against a Whitley Bay side that are fast becoming the league’s ‘entertainers’.
Bay – managed by defender Leon Ryan – sit in mid table after a topsy-turvy start to the season, which has seen their 10 league games average five goals at a time.
Ryan has a strong squad at his disposal as he looks to avenge last season’s reverse in the corresponding fixture, including evergreen top scorer Paul Chow and fans fave Paul Robinson, who re-signed for the club from Blyth Spartans earlier in the week.
Aycliffe thought they had the perfect tonic to their disappointing start last week when they won 1-0 at Billingham Synthonia, but took a heavy blow in midweek as they crashed 3-0 at Newcastle Benfield, a side in the bottom three.
Richard Langthorne sits out the second game of a four game ban, so Liam Clough will again partner Dan Mitton at centre half. Boss Allan Oliver has managed to bolster his ranks this week however with the eye-catching signing of powerful Spennymoor Town midfielder Richard Archer on loan.
24-year-old forward Chris Dickinson – formerly with Darlington, York City and Boston United – also comes into contention following his acquisition this week, with Northallerton and Whitby recent stop offs on his footballing footprint.
Tale of the tape
Key Man: Zak Boagey
One to Watch: Paul Chow
Familiar Faces: N/A
Form Guide: Newton Aycliffe LLLLWL Whitley Bay WWWLWL
Last Season: 3-1