|Fancy team pic courtesy of WBFC Twitter|
Thank goodness for the first friendly of the season at Hillheads. About a hundred people turned up for the game. For me, there was the traditional collection of the season ticket (always the best value £99 spent each year) and the result of the 'guess the colour of the season ticket' competition. Despite the potential use of red card (the very idea) I was correct in my prediction of green ones.
The team looked thankfully familiar with only the additions of Kyle Fryatt (quick winger from Shildon) and Ross Wilkinson (no nonsense defender from Durham) to the starting line-up. Yes the Whitley/Durham free trade agreement was still intact.
Another exciting addition to a Bay fan's life was the new app page brought to us devotees by Fanapp (on Google play I'll have you know). There are pics of all the players and details of each match - shots on goal etc. Wow, it's brillo! A bit of info of how players did in previous seasons would be a great addition though.
|2-0 - more tears and stamping of feet.|
The match itself only had to wait about four minutes before bizarre Stockport defending saw Stockport's Joe Armstrong (Related to Green Day's Billy Joe?) slice a clearance onto the bar and new boy Kyle Fryatt was there to head past the helpless Jacob Luty in the Town goal.
|Crying after some appalling defending.|
The lively Fryatt then dispossessed a dallying defender, who had just received a short goal kick, before slotting past the increasingly frustrated Luty.
It had been an unusual half with the Bay 3-0 up and in control against a Stockport town team that definitely needed to work on their defending.
|The pitch looks in rather good nick!|
Woodie suggested that we should have a Dave Berry Appreciation Day one day: I'm sure that'll be a winner!
After that there were more substitutions and the match lost a bit of shape with everyone playing everywhere. A lobbed cross met the head of Town's Mark German who headed over the stranded Flynn.
The talk then centred on the appearance of the linesman - who looked to be a front runner for the Tallest Linesman of the League award. By the time the final whistle blew Town had sneaked another consolation.
It hadn't been the toughest test for the Bay but a useful exercise and at least we knew that the sun could actually shine on Whitley Bay!