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Whitley travel south in style.


IAN CHANDLER hopes to see his side back to their prolific and goalscoring best when they tackle Chertsey in the FA Vase fifth round on Saturday. The Bay boss has watched his team rattle in a resounding total of 98 goals in competitive football and knows that his own players should not need reminding about the amount of devastation they can inflict on the Combined Counties Football League outfit.

Whitley have failed to win any of their Northern League games in 2010, allowing Spennymoor Town to take over in pole position at the top of the pile.

The blue and whites' gaffer will treat his players like Premier League stars ahead of the game, though, by travelling down south the day beforehand and affording his troops an overnight stay in a plush hotel.

He told the Chronicle: "Our game plan has always been and always will be to go out and score goals in abundance and the players only need to look down our list of results this season and in the last few years to see that they are more than capable of doing that.

"I know Chertsey won't be pushovers and that's what we'll be transmitting to the players.

"But we know if we can grab the lead then it will be advantage Whitley and the game will be in our hands."

Chandler expects to welcome back Leon Ryan for the tie, with the central defender's absence a key factor in the loss to Shildon last week.

Meanwhile Chertsey's top scorer is hoping his side can deliver at the first attempt on Saturday.

Flying postie John Pomroy is concerned he won't be allowed time off work and says: "If we draw against Whitley Bay and have to go all the way up there then I may have to swap days off or try and do my best to call in more favours from my workmates."

Fans wanting to travel to Chertsey with Whitley Bay supporters club can contact the club on 0191 291 3637.

They are due to leave Hillheads at 7.00am and returning after the game at approximately 5.45/6pm. The bus costs pounds 26.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2010
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