A promotion push hanging in the balance, there really is no room for error for Whitley Bay.

Flirting on the fringes of the play-off scrap all season, the door is somewhat ajar for the Tyneside outfit to snatch the final spot, albeit at a massive disadvantage.

Whitley Bay sit an agonising ten points off an elusive top five finish, but with games in hand on third placed West Auckland Town, a feat far from easy, but not outside the realms of possibility.

With no room for error, the Bay host a Redcar side floundering in front of goal, slipping from imperious form with a lone goal in four outings.

A frustrated Carl Jarrett admitted such failings in attack are far from ideal, and a real puzzle given the lack of pressure facing his side at what would otherwise be the most stressful time of the season.

Here’s everything you need to know as Redcar Athletic head to the Tyneside coast to face a desperate Whitley Bay…

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WHO ARE YA?

Whitley Bay

The Northern League is a competition steeped in history, home to many a famous side, of which Whitley Bay are certainly no exception.

Formed in 1950 as Whitley Bay Athletic, early successes in the Northern Football Alliance and Northumberland Senior Cup would be paled into insignificance in the club’s later years.

The Bay rose to prominence in the FA Amateur Cup, claiming a reputation as a top non-league side with consistent quarter-final appearances.

In 2002, the club claimed their first in a series of national successes, clinching the coveted FA Vase with a slender victory against Tiptree United at Villa Park.

The Bay soon continued their affinity with the prestigious competition, claiming a hat-trick of titles in 2011 with a 3-2 victory over Coalville Town, having thrashed Wroxham and swept aside Glossop North End in the two years prior.

DID YOU KNOW: Whitley Bay’s famous FA Vase three-peat is the first of any side since Billericay Town in the competition’s founding years. Town won their third successive title in 1977, beating Sheffield 1-0.

LAST TIME OUT

A summer classic on perhaps the warmest day of the year, Redcar Athletic were narrowly beaten on their last visit to Hillheads Park.

Quick to take the lead through a customary neat finish from Isaac Walker, the Bay roared back under the seaside sun, turning the tide of the contest as the referee signalled for the break.

Redcar left no ounce of effort in the changing rooms, taking the game to their Tyneside counterparts, yet coming up short come the dying embers as Lowery poked home an insurance goal.

A late consolation from Owen Clarkson weaved one last shred of hope for the Steelmen, a fantastic finish perhaps deserving of more, but an endeavour ultimately futile come the final whistle.

CURRENT FORM

Great endeavour, incisive play, and as imaginative as ever, Redcar Athletic simply can’t stick the ball in the back of the net.

Two points from a possible twelve, Adam Boyes has donned the scoresheet a single time across 360 minutes of football, much to the frustration of  First Team Manager, Carl Jarrett.

The boss berated such a lack of composure in front of goal, conceding that whilst the focus is now firmly on next season, there was no excuse for his side to let up in the final run-in.

Desperate to snatch a play-off spot from the grasp of West Auckland Town, for Whitley Bay, the margin for error is slim.

The Tyneside outfit returned to winning ways at the start of April, putting an end to a dismal streak of three straight defeats, a brutal dampener on their push for a spot in the top five.

TEAM NEWS

Much to the relief of the Redcar boss, Jarrett was able to confirm the return of a number of names on the elongated injury list.

With Joe Ferguson and Anthony Bell both returning to the fold during a treble of home games, the pair are this afternoon joined by Mark Anderson, leaving just Liam O’Sullivan, Adam Wheatley and Danny Boyle in the physio’s books.

On the suspension front, Monday’s postponement leaves captain Kevin Burgess sidelined for this afternoon’s trip north of the Tyne, the central defender joined by Layton Watts, who has amassed ten bookings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Off to Hillheads Park? Some information that may interest you…

FINDING 'HILLHEADS PARK'

An old, but certainly not antiquated ground, Hillheads Park is nestled in the centre of Whitley Bay, and can be found using the postcode NE25 8HR.

ADMISSION

Admission into Hillheads Park is priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions, whilst those aged 5-14 pay £5.

Children below the age of five go free

Gates will open around 1:30pm, ahead of kick-off at 3pm.

A matchday programme will be available online for the fixture.

FOOD AND DRINK

Fans can enjoy both a bar and food kiosks to compliment the matchday experience, available to both those with cash or card.

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