Full time score Thornaby FC 2-4 Whitley Bay (After Extra time) (FA Vase Second Round) Attendance: 230 Thornaby Welcomed Ebac Northern League Division 1 Whitley Bay for this FA Vase Second Round tie. Thornaby made 3 changes from Last Saturday's 2-1 defeat VS Tow Law with Striker Kallum Hannah back from injury he was made captain for the day, Joe Hillerby and Jason Honeyman also came into the starting line up. Thornaby looked bright at the start of the match and had the first effort when Joe Scaife Wheatley pass to Kallum Hannah whose low effort from the edge of the box went straight into the hands off Flynn In the Bay goal. The visitors then had there first effort when Matthew Cornish was played in and he fired over the bar. Thornaby then won a free kick on the left hand side of the penalty area was taken by Joe Scaife Wheatley and his effort went straight into the hands off Flynn. The visitors then had a spell in the match where Thornaby became nervous on the ball and from Tom Potter's cross on the right needed dealing with in the Thornaby defence. Simpson was then called upon for the first time in the match when Cornish's cross from the right found Ross Wilkinson whose powerful header from 6 yards out was brilliantly saved By Oliver Simpson. The home keeper was then called upon again when Tom Potters cross almost found its way in but Simpson did well to stop it going in. The visitors then took the lead when Matthew Cornish's shot fell to ANDREW ROBERTSON who drove home with 33 minutes gone. Half Time Thornaby FC 0-1 Whitley Bay Thornaby came out bright in the second half and levelled the match when a cross from the left by Matthew Robinson was flicked on by Kallum Hannah with the ball falling to JOE HILLERBY who fired underneath Flynn with 50 minutes gone. The leveller seemed to spur Thornaby on and Jason Honeyman's pass found Kallum Hannah whose low effort went straight into the hands off Flynn. Moments later Thornaby had a chance from a corner on the left which was taken by Joe Scaife Wheatley which found the head off Jack Bailey and it was cleared off the line. The visitors had there first chance when Matthew Cornish cut in on the left hand side of the box and forced another save out of Oliver Simpson. Thornaby then had the next effort when a corner from the left by Joe Scaife Wheatley found the head of Michael James and his header went over the bar. Whitley Bay had the next effort when Scott Jasper played in Andrew Robertson who cut inside and his left footed effort hit the post. Thornaby then took the lead when MATTHEW ROBINSON tried his luck from just outside the box on the right hand side and his low effort beat Tom Flynn with 86 minutes gone to send the home fans and players into joyous scenes. That soon turned into despaire in a dramatic final few minutes when Matthew Cornish tried his luck from outside the box and his effort was spilt by Oliver Simpson and ROSS WILKINSON tapped home into 3 minutes of injury time.
This rocked Thornaby who could not get over the late goal and almost lost in normal time when moments after the goal Matthew Cornish cut inside from the left hand side and his brilliant effort just went past the post. Full Time Score Thornaby FC 2-2 Whitley Bay (Extra Time 1st Period) The visitors were lifted from there late goal in normal time and almost took the lead when Tom Potters cross from the right found Scott Jasper fired wide. The visitors then once again took the lead when a ball to the back post found SCOTT JASPER tapped home into the empty net with 102 minutes gone. Half Time (Extra Time) Thornaby FC 2-3 Whitley Bay Whitley Bay then added a 4th against a very tired home side when Thornaby keeper Oliver Simpson's kick was only cleared to Tom Potter whose pass found KYLE PATTON who tapped home from 6 yards out with 108 minutes gone. The visitors almost added a 5th when Kyle Patton was played in and his low shot from 6 yards put was superbly saved by Simpson. Referee Ian Johnston blew for the full time whistle to send the visitors through and leave the hosts extremely gutted.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Jason Honeyman Well despite the result we can be extremely proud of our performance especially in the second half where in my opinion we were the better side and we were very unlucky to not send the match into a replay. A massive day for the club both on and off the field with a fantastic attendance of 230 and a great performance where we were just moments from causing a massive shock. If we play like that more often throughout the season then we will certainly pick up many more wins. Extremely proud of everyone involved with the Club on Saturday.