Seaham Red Star 0-2 Whitley Bay

Potter 16 pen, 45+5 pen

Seaham Red Star Manager Chris McCabe described his side’s performance as ‘lacklustre’ as they fell to their third consecutive defeat at home to Whitley Bay on Saturday.

Two penalties from Thomas Potter, in the 16th and then fifth minute of added time at the end of the first half, separated the two sides on the day.

The former Hartlepool United player was clearly concerned about his side giving away two penalties, telling SportsByte: “Obviously conceding one penalty isn’t good, but then conceding two – one just before the end of half time – has effectively killed the game off.

“Poor defending cost us for the first penalty and then the second one we just switched off.

“They’ve caught us on the break and I think Liam has made the tackle on him.

“To be fair though, they were both stonewall penalties so we can’t really complain about that.”

Seaham came close six minutes in as Robbie Bird’s impressive ball was cleared away by the defender, with Liam McBryde looking to head home at the far post.

However, this didn’t set the theme of the game as Kyle Patton’s close range effort for Whitley Bay was kept out by Jordan Harkess in the 11th minute and five minutes later the visitors were awarded a penalty.

Patton was tripped in the box by a Seaham defender, Thomas Potter stepped up and the keeper went the other way.

The hosts had a rare chance in the 28th minute when David Scorer connected with a corner at the far post but his header went straight into the hands of Thomas Flynn.

Whitley Bay continued to look the better side however, and Ross Wilkinson headed wide for them on the end of Patton’s free kick in the 42nd minute.

The visitors had another penalty awarded in the fifth minute of added time time when another forward was brought down in the box and Potter had no problem in repeating his magic, this time smashing the ball in the top-left corner.

Despite the fact that Robbie Bird came close for Seaham, with his 51st minute effort being blocked and out for a corner, Whitley Bay continued to be in control of the game.

Noah Summers’ 53rd minute header went just over for the visitors, and then they sat back and defended well.

Whitley Bay’s defence only looked vulnerable when their keeper came off injured four minutes from time.

Striker Liam Brooks went between the sticks for Marc Nash’s side for the rest of the game, as the side had used all three subs,  but he was protected brilliantly by his defence despite Seaham stepping up their game.

Lee Hetherington’s ambitious overhead kick went wide for the hosts and Callum Munro’s powerful effort had the same fate.

Seaham remain in 8th place in the Northern League Division One table, and face a tough test against North Shields, who yesterday beat Jarrow Roofing 4-1, on Tuesday at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Price, Johnston (Bailey 79), Croft, Kane (Hodgson 45), Chapman (Hetherington 66), Bird, McBryde.

Subs not used: Bramley and Scott.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, Nearney, Wilkinson, Summers, Walker, Kempster, Haley, Potter, Charmey (Glen-Ravenhill 19), Patton (Cornish 63), Jasper (Brooks 78).

Subs not used: Hall and Robertson.

Attendance: 190