IAN Chandler believes that his players are "hungry enough" to lift the FA Vase for the fourth time in five years.
The Whitley Bay manager watched his side steamroller the hopes of Causeway United on Saturday and book a place in the last 32 of the competition to take another step forward on the road to Wembley.
Chandler – who has won it as a player and manager – feels his side have what it takes to progress to the capital showpiece once again.
After fans left Hillheads singing about Wembley again, Chandler told The Journal: “The fans are excited – but so am I. People might wonder how greedy we want to be in the Vase. But last year, not being there has made us more hungry.
“I know Paul Robinson talks about it all day at work. I want to go back. And there is no reason why we can’t.
“As long you are still in the competition going into the new year, you know you’re in with a chance.”
The Seahorses had Causeway on the back foot in typical fashion as they poured forward from the offset. A good move down the right culminated in Chris Fawcett picking out Brad Brooking bursting into the box and slotting past Tom Turner on six minutes.
Two minutes later, Whitley should have doubled their lead when Ash Davis fired a shot at Turner who parried into the path of skipper Robinson, but he uncharacteristically smacked it wide from close range.
But on 12 minutes it was 2-0 when Kerr’s corner was flicked on by Chris Fawcett, with Paul Chow applying the finish from close range.
Midland Football Alliance outfit Causeway responded five minutes after the Bay’s second when Craig Gregg hit one on the turn, but it rolled harmlessly wide of Kyle Hayes’ goal.
Robinson didn’t take long to atone for his earlier miss when Causeway failed to deal with a long ball and James Novak crossed from the right for ex-Tranmere man Robinson to hammer home into the bottom corner of the net.
The Bay captain could have grabbed another on 33 minutes when he cleverly controlled the ball before lashing at goal, only to see his effort whistle inches wide.
Moments later the Geordie waltzed his way into the box and cracked a shot off the underside of the bar – it was all Whitley in the first half.
So much so that the frustration of Causeway bubbled over as the two teams left the field at half-time.
And Causeway’s Adam Meacham – already booked for a first half foul – should have been sent off for pushing both Davis and then first team coach Brian Smith.
Just 10 minutes in, Chow headed over from Kerr’s right-wing corner as the four-time FA Vase winners cruised their way through the contest.
It was 4-0 on 59 minutes when a great move saw Robinson slip the ball to Davis, who rolled it across goal for Chow to tap home.
Two minutes later, Fawcett clipped in a cross from the right for Chow to nod home on the line and complete his hat-trick.
Kerr made it six when Fawcett crossed from the right and the Bay talisman tapped home on 78 minutes.
WHITLEY BAY: Hayes, Robinson (Pounder 70), Kerr, Chow (Fairley 65), Davis (McMillan 75), Scroggins, Fawcett, McFarlane, Novak, Brooking, Anderson.
CAUSEWAY: Turner, Martin (Sproston 70), Meacham, Aston, Whitley, Poole (Devlin 66), Gregg, Field. Lloyd, How (Beasley 78), Stevenson.