Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bay on the Road to Wembley Final

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bay on the Road to Wembley Final

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

WHITLEY BAY boss Ian Chandler says his side won't need to adjust their Northern League style too much when they visit Hungerford Town in the last eight of the FA Vase on Saturday.

The Hellenic League outfit, who have one of the best pitches in their division, love to get the ball down and play just like Whit-ley and offensively-minded Chandler is anticipating an entertaining clash.

Bay are just two steps from an historic Wembley final but that won't stop Chandler playing his usual game, with his style likened to that of Arsenal's or Newcastle in the mid-1990s, albeit at Northern League level.

And with Bay bidding for their second consecutive league title and second FA Vase triumph, Chandler's biggest problem is who will play and who will sit out the quarter-final tie in Berkshire.

He said: "I've had a couple of reports about Hungerford and they are looking like a good footballing team with a physical presence, so I'm expecting a typical Northern League encounter.

"Over the last three games I have used all members of the squad and picking a team for Hungerford is going to be difficult. Everyone is playing well and has staked a case to be in the line-up."

With competition so fierce for first-team places Chandler's task to pick the team he sees fit to bag a semi-final place is a tough one but one many non-league bosses would relish.

While many teams suffer a loss of form when Wembley comes on the horizon, that certainly hasn't been the case for Whitley Bay.

Chandler added: "Since beating Truro in the last round we've had three tough games, starting with what was revenge mission against Chester-le-Street, who beat us 2-1 at home back in early November.

"The team played really well and we won 6-0, even without Lee Kerr who is working away during the week, with Paul Chow hitting a hat-trick.

"We then entertained Dunston Fed, who had just been defeated in their FA Vase game. …

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