West Allotment Celtic defeated in Good Friday Northern League clash with Whitley Bay
West Allotment Celtic were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Northern league neighbours Whitley Bay in their penultimate division one fixture of the season.
Whitley Bay took an early lead through Thibault Charmey after his long range strike took a deflection which deceived Allotment goalkeeper Chris Bannon.
The away side doubled their lead before half-time as Alex Kempster pounced on a defensive mistake before slotting a low strike in off the post.
Allotment pulled a goal back late on in the second half through Craig Hindmarch’s low drilled strike before Bay substitute Callum Patton headed from close range with his first touch.
After a heavy 6-1 defeat against Penrith on Wednesday, Allotment were keen to bounce back against a Whitley Bay side who were on an unbeaten run of nine matches.
In front of a strong 260 crowd at Whitley Park, Celtic were looking to cause a shock result on Good Friday.
However, the former FA Vase winners began the game quickly with Tom Potter’s long range strike smacking the top of the crossbar.
Whitley broke the deadlock in the 15th minute in fortunate circumstances, with Charmey’s strike claiming a big deflection which took Bannon by surprise.
The away side extended their lead as Kempster managed to collect the ball after a through ball was unable to be cleared by the Allotment defence, allowing the striker to place his shot into the net.
In the second half, Allotment kept themselves in the game as Cal Anderson’s powerful header was tipped onto the post by Bannon.
The save proved crucial as West Allotment gained a goal back through Hindmarch.
After substitute Luke Parkinson done well to beat his man, the winger produced a dangerous ball which could only be cleared into the path of Hindmarch, who drilled a low, hard strike past Bay goalkeeper Tom Flynn.
Despite the improved second period, Bay punished Allotment as Callum Patton made a quick impact from the bench to claim back their two-goal lead.
After just one minute on the pitch, Patton got onto the end of an accurate cross from Dempster to flick his header past Bannon, avoiding any comeback for the home side.
West Allotment Celtic will host Dunston in their final match of the league season on May 22.