Whitley Bay A 2 Wallington 0 Northern Alliance, Premier Division
FOR the second time in a week, two late goals were the undoing of Wallington as Whitley Bay A took the spoils on Saturday.
On 88 minutes, The Greens looked like they had held on for a very credible point at the seaside, but a combination of misfortune and added firepower from the bench culminated in late heartbreak.
The youthful Bay side were probably worthy of their win, based on their second-half performance, but the heroic nature in which the team had defended made it a bitter pill to swallow.
This was especially after the decisive breakthrough came when a defensive header looked to be falling straight into Matty Lees’ arms, only for it to hit the crossbar and fall straight onto the striker’s head.
Stocksfield 2 Wallington 2
In midweek, Wallington took the lead against Stocksfield just before half-time when Jordan Nellis held off a defender to roll Josh Gilmartin’s throughball under the keeper from a tight angle.
After a defender cleared a Gilmartin shot off the line, it looked like The Greens would be leaving with all three points, particularly when Nellis was set loose again and a sweeping move ended with a trademark left-footed finish across the keeper and into the net on 83 minutes.
Stocksfield reduced the arrears with a smart shot from the edge of the box before a late penalty gave them a share of the spoils.
Al Sorrie, who had not put a foot wrong all night on his return to the side, was adjudged to have pulled a striker from a corner, the sort of pull that had occurred at every corner all game. It was unfortunate for The Greens that the referee decided the 89th minute would be the appropriate time to penalise this, leaving next to no time to stage a dramatic finale.
Wallington are home to Walker Central on Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm, and Killingworth Station on Wednesday, kick-off 6.15pm.