Poole Town 1 Whitley Bay 2 FA Vase Semi-final 1st Leg
Whitley Bay staged a dramatic turnaround against Poole Town to move ever closer to their third FA Carlsberg Vase Final in as many years.
It looked as though the visitors, who have won this competition for the last two years, were heading for a first leg defeat against their Dorset-based opposition.
But a last-minute equaliser, and a wonderful Lee Kerr free-kick deep into stoppage time, means Whitley Bay will now take a slender 2-1 advantage into their home leg at Hillheads next Saturday.

It was all going so well for Poole after they took the lead after 22 minutes in fine fashion. A quick counter-attack down the right-hand side allowed Carl Preston to cap a mazy run by drilling a neat finish beyond Bay keeper Kyle Walker from 14 yards.

But despite their first-half set-back, the visitors did not crumble and had opportunities to equalise.

That said, only a miraculous save from Walker stopped Dan Cann from doubling Poole’s advantage midway through the second half.

And the keeper was also on hand to deny Dave Sturgess’ stinging drive from making it 2-0. But that save was a prelude for a dramatic closing period in which Whitley Bay turned the tie completely on its head.

Paul Chow slalomed down the right-hand side before sliding an inch-perfect cross to the onrushing Damon Robson who made no mistake from close range.

And, with the full-time whistle looming, Kerr stepped up to curl a delightful free-kick past Nick Hutchings from 25 yards to set up a mouth-watering second-leg contest.
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