Birtley Town vs Whitley Bay


Birtley Town

  • Sam Hedley - 1 (50') goal(s)
  • James Proctor - 1 (37') goal(s)
  • Matty Ward - 2 (39', 56') goal(s)
  • Liam Wotherspoon - 1 (67') goal(s)

Whitley Bay

  • Josh Gilchrist - 1 (55') goal(s)
Sat 23 Mar 2024 | 3:00 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley Town recorded a league double over play-off rivals Whitley Bay as a crowd of 406 packed out The Arrowmark Home Improvement’s Stadium on Saturday

Birtley made just one change from the side that beat Carlisle City on Tuesday. Alfie Gordon returned in place of Conor Grant. Alex Francis missed out due to injury but Liam Wotherspoon and Dan Wilds did manage to make the bench. It was Whitley Bay who created the first real opportunity, Cam Brewis found himself unmarked but his effort deflected off Callum Turnbull. Alfie Gordon was able to readjust and tip the ball around the post. Birtley started to grow into the game and should of been ahead on twenty minutes. Scott Heslop was causing problems and delivered a glorious cross from the right wing. Unfortunately for Birtley, the onrushing Lewis Exley could only manage to fire over the bar.

Exley had a superb long-range effort whistle narrowly wide on 30 minutes before Birtley did take the lead. A mistake from Cartwright allowed Matty Ward to steal possession, he squared to James Proctor who made no mistake from close range. Birtley doubled their advantage on 39 minutes. A neat one-two resulted in Heslop finding Ward, the Birtley number 10 coolly dribbled around Pickering before slotting into an empty net. In injury time,  Ward was brought down by Pickering when clean through on goal, the Whitley Bay keeper receiving a yellow card for his actions. 

Wardy and Proc celebrate in the 1st half (Credit: Raw Edge Media).

Half-Time | Birtley Town 2-0 Whitley Bay

It took Birtley just four minutes to extend their lead. Liam Wotherspoon had replaced Ben Pentland shortly before the break and it was Spoony who delivered a whipping corner to the near post. Sam Hedley glanced a header towards goal but it was Matty Ward’s knee that got the final touch.

A defensive mix-up allowed Josh Gilchirst to pull a goal back for Whitley on 55 minutes. Home supporters were nervous of an immediate reaction from the visitors but it was Birtley who struck back within a minute. Matty Ward completing his hat-trick as he raced onto a through ball from Proc before calmly slotting home. Dan Wilds made his comeback from injury with 30 minutes left to play as both sides made numerous substitutions. Birtley were still probing to increase their lead and looked dangerous on set-pieces.

Sam Hedley and Matty Ward help the ball into the Whitley Bay net. (Credit: Raw Edge Media).

Liam Wotherspoon scored directly from a corner in the 68th minute in a similar set-piece to Birtley’s third goal. Bay managed to deny Stephen Hall from making it 6-1 when they managed to clear off the line. As the full-time whistle was blown, Birtley were rightly given a warm round of applause from the 406 in attendance, including a strong following from Whitley Bay. 

Full-Time | Birtley Town 5-1 Whitley Bay

The win ensured that Birtley remained in 4th position but importantly now sit eight points above Whitley Bay. Boro Rangers could only manage a 0-0 draw with Seaham which dampened their play-off hopes. West Auckland, Guisborough and Heaton Stannington all picked up wins over the weekend meaning that there is now four sides in contention for the final three play-off positions with Shildon almost guaranteed second place. 

Matty Ward scores his third goal with a strong crowd of 406 watching on (Credit: Raw Edge Media).

Player of the Match – Matty Ward

Attendance – 406

Manager’s Corner

Paul Foster: “After the brilliant performance against Carlisle we went and bettered it with a great team performance against a very good Whitley Bay side. We nullified their threat going forward and took our chances at the other end. It was a brilliant day all round for the club with a very good support from the locals on Non league day, it makes all the work the volunteers and committee put in day after day. I am sure it made it worthwhile when we produce a result like that and having BBC radio Newcastle their as their game of the day, that just topped it off. All the work that has went on behind the scenes for the last 6 years or so was noticed and that’s down to everyone connected with the club, a great day all around.”

H2H v Whitley Bay (at Birtley)
This is the first competitive fixture against Whitley Bay at home.

Non League Day record (at Birtley)
P8 W4 D1 L3 GF20 GA11

04.09.2010 Birtley Town 2 0 Northallerton Town NL Div 2 54 M. Roper | N. Hepurker
03.09.2011 Birtley Town 2 3 Crook Town NL Div 2 50 D. Smart | A. McIntosh
07.09.2013 Birtley Town 4 1 Tadcaster Albion FA Vase | 1st Qualifying Rnd 85 D. Taggart x2 | M. Fisher |
M. Brereton
06.09.2014 Birtley Town 2 1 Thornaby FA Vase | 1st Qualifying Rnd U/K Robert Smith | M. Soulsby
12.10.2018 Birtley Town 1 2 Chester-le-Street Town NL Div 2 244 M. Soulsby
12.10.2019 Birtley Town 6 0 Durham City NL Div 2 89 K. Thear x3 | R. Williamson |  A. McEwen x2
26.03.2022 Birtley Town 3 3 Boldon CA NL Div 2 205 S. Hedley | J. Barwick x2
25.03.2023 Birtley Town 0 1 Boro Rangers NL Div 2 264

Next up…

Birtley play another game in hand on Wednesday as they travel to Northallerton. Kick-off is 7.30pm. 





Date Time League Season
Sat 23 Mar 2024 3:00 pm Northern League D1 2023-24


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Birtley Town235
Whitley Bay011

Birtley Town

1Alfie Gordon Goalkeeper
2Owen Lancaster Defender
3Sam Hedley Defender 50'
4Kyle Wharton 17 Midfielder
5Callum Turnbull Defender
6Josh Strassheim Defender
7James Proctor 12 Midfielder 37'
8Ben Pentland 16 Defender 31'
9Scott Heslop 14 Forward
10Matty Ward Forward 39', 56'
11Lewis Exley 15 Defender
12Stephen Hall 7 Forward
14Taylor Richardson 9 Midfielder
15Dylan Garvey 11 Midfielder
16Liam Wotherspoon 8 Midfielder 67'
17Daniel Wilds 4 Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 31 37 37 39 40 45+1 50 55 56 61 62 62 62 67 67 68 75 82 FT