Garforth are out of the FA Cup for another season as they were beaten by a clinical Whitley Bay side.
Defender Sam Denton went close early on, seeing his shot denied by Whitley goalkeeper Dan Lister, before Toby Wells was called upon to save at the near post from Jamie Dunn.
Unfortunately Town's endeavours weren't helped by some questionable decision-making by referee Ronan Coller-Booth. The most controversial one came on 36 mins when Sam Barker was fouled in the area, but no penalty was given and play continued. Five minutes later the visitors were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous spot just outside the area after an apparent foul by Jamie Barkway, but Dunn's effort was deflected narrowly wide.
Whilst there was little between the two sides in terms of quality of football played, it was the visitors' ability to score in key moments of the game that proved the difference. So it was, that a minute before half time, Whitley grabbed the opener with the one of the best goals you're likely to see all season. Dunn's delivery from the left was met by Adam Shanks who scored with a sublime overhead kick which went in off the post. A few seconds of stunned silence ensued, as though the crowd couldn't believe what they'd just seen.
Garforth enjoyed their best spell of the game just after half time, but sadly couldn't make it count. Captain Jack Lazenby had a second bite of the cherry when his free-kick rebounded off the wall, but his shot was straight at Lister. Moments later, a well-placed Barker couldn't quite connect with Dramane Coulibaly's delivery who'd tricked his way past defenders on the right, then Joe Colley saw a shot blocked for a corner after some good play by Charlie Marshall and Dan Coupland.
Town then received a sucker punch as our Wearside opponents scored two goals in four minutes to book their place in the next round. A counter-attack on 60 mins ended in Shanks finding Richard Coulson on the edge of the box who was given space to turn and finish well into the bottom corner.
The third goal arrived courtesy of a penalty, awarded after Barkway tripped Scott Jasper in the box, further incensing the home supporters. Dunn duly stepped up and fired in off the crossbar. The scoreline looked harsh on Town who struggled from then onwards, the only effort of note being a Denton free kick well saved by Lister deep into injury time. Prior to that, down the other end on 75 mins, Karl Fitzgerald cleared out of the six yard box Coulson's cross, with a Whitley player well-placed to add a fourth.
Sadly not to be in the FA Cup this year for Paul Marshall's side who'll have to wait until the 19th to bounce back in a competitive fixture when we host another North East side, Sunderland West End, in the FA Vase. Meanwhile, we're next in action this Saturday when we visit Armthorpe Welfare for a friendly match (kick-off 3pm).