Seasiders given tough challenge

Town v Gillford Park
Town v Gillford Park

THE draw for the FA Vase third round was as cruel as it could be for Bridlington Town.

After beating Carlisle-based Gillford Park 1-0 at Queensgate on Saturday, the Seasiders have been given a trip to Whitley Bay, who have won the competition for the past three years.

Town picked up £1,200 for seeing off Gillford Park in a stormy encounter at the weekend, courtesy of Josh Greening’s 19th minute goal.

But the next round will be a much tougher proposition. Saturday’s opponents lie fifth in Northern League Division Two, but Whitley Bay are third in the league above them.

The Bay booked their place in the third round with a 4-1 win over Tadcaster Albion, a team who have already been to Queensgate and won in the league this season.

The North East side are also Vase specialists and made history at Wembley in May, when they became the first side to win the trophy for three years running.

Town manager Mitch Cook said: “It is the worst case scenario but you have to play the best teams at some stage if you want to win the competition.

“We can’t do anything about the draw. We will have Whitley Bay watched and we have someone who knows a bit about them already.

“Whitley Bay may be unbeaten in the FA Vase for three years but somebody, somewhere has to beat them.

“It’s a big game. It could be classed as the tie of the round and these are the type of games the players should want to play in.

“There will be a good crowd, a good atmosphere and it should be a good game.”

The two teams last met in 2005 in the FA Cup and drew 2-2 at Queensgate before Whitley Bay won the replay 4-0.

Town will travel to Hillheads Park on Saturday, December 3.

Match reports and pictures from

Gillford Park game on page 79.