Ebac Northern League Division 1
Whitley Bay 0-2 Seaham Red Star
Craig Lynch picked up his first win as Seaham Red Star manager today with a 2-0 victory at Whitley Bay in the Northern League Division 1.
18-year-old Codie Howe put the visitors in front four minutes in and substitute Thomas Scott got the winner for the Star in added time.
Whitley Bay came into the game having lost their management team to North Shields, so reserve team manager Gavin Hattrick temporarily took charge of the Seahorses.
Seaham manager Lynch on the other hand made two changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Team Northumbria last week with Callum Munro and Andrew Johnston coming in for the injured Luke Gilhespy and Thomas Bramley.
The visitors made a brilliant start to the game and were in front within the first five minutes, with Howe heading home at the far post on the end of Aaron Croft’s excellent free kick.
Chances were few and far between for much of the first half, until Peter Glen-Ravenhill’s effort went just wide for the hosts in the 35th minute.
Seaham almost had a second six minutes later when Liam McBryde nodded into the box following a free kick shortly before Robbie Bird headed straight into the hands of the keeper from close range.
Whitley Bay came very close on the brink of half time when Thomas Potter’s excellent free kick from close range brought a great save from Jordan Harkess to his left.
Chances were irregular for much of the second half until the final ten minutes.
Bird worked really well on the left and put the ball in towards McBryde but his effort went just wide of the mark in the 80th minute.
Seven minutes later Lee Hetherington beat Whitley Bay’s right-back and keeper with a great run before his effort was cleared off the line.
Seaham capped off a great day for them two minutes into added time when substitute Scott got the ball in space and buried it into the bottom-left corner to seal the win.
Speaking after the game Seaham’s manager Craig Lynch said: “I’m absolutely delighted, I don’t think I can tell you how good it feels to be honest with you.
“We were absolutely outstanding, I’m absolutely over the moon for every single one of the lads in there. They gave us a proper shift today, and did exactly what we set out to do.”
The full interview can be found here.
Whitley Bay: Flynn, Salmon, Wilkinson, Haley, Walker, Potter, Williams, Hall (Johnston 83), Jasper, Glen-Ravenhill, Cornish (Patton 33).
Subs not used: Cunningham and Summers
Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Howe, Scorer, Price, Johnston, Croft (Bailey 54), Hetherington, Ramshaw (Lawson 65), Bird (c), McBryde (Scott 88).
Sub not used: Wilkinson (GK).