Carr double over Sunderland RCA puts North Shields on top

North Shields' Dean Holmes on the attack in the game against Sunderland RCA. Picture by David Arnott
North Shields' Dean Holmes on the attack in the game against Sunderland RCA. Picture by David Arnott
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North Shields moved three points clear of their big spending cross-Tyne neighbours South Shields on Saturday with a 301 win over Sunderland RCA.

The Northern League win at the Daren Persson Stadium was their second inside four days.

The Robins had to come from behind, but once skipper Kevin Hughes had levelled there only looked one winner, and two Ryan Carr goals secured another three points for Jon McDonald’s men.

Following his stoppage time heroics against Dunston, Ryan McGorrigan donned the number nine shirt with Kyle Hayes taking over the goalkeeping gloves from Sean McCafferty.

The two sides had played out a goalless draw on Wearside just seven days earlier, but the visitors needed just six minutes this time round to strike first as the Shields backline failed to clear and the bustling Callum Hassan was presented with an easy finish.

Sunderland, with the elements in their favour in the first period, more than held their own with some of their physical challenges upsetting the home faithful.

But parity was restored before the half hour as a Ben Richardson corner was nodded on by Carr and Hughes showed great precision to bury the ball past Jordan Harkess.

Dean Holmes was proving a handful down the left flank with some of his crosses just begging for a touch, but as the first half drifted to a close it was RCA who posed the most threat as they forced a succession of corner kicks.

Barely 60 seconds into the resumption, though, Martin Swales’ side were reeling as McGorriigan made progress down the right and Bobby Taylor swept the ball goalwards and Carr neatly supplied the finishing touch.

The lively McGorrigan was just wide with a fine effort before Marc Lancaster was clattered in the area but Holmes was off target with the spot kick.

Shields were completely dominant and ensured their unbeaten tag remained when Carr superbly blasted home the third and decisive strike.

Substututes Gareth Bainbridge and Brad Brooking all but added to the Robins’ tally before the close as the hosts trooped off to good applause.

North Shields: Hayes, Donnison, Lancaster, Richardson (Coppen), Parker, Hughes, Taylor (Brooking), Ormston, McGorrigan (Bainbridge), Carr, Holmes. Subs not used: Summerly, McCafferty.

Shields manager McDonald said: “I was delighted with the performance. The conditions were difficult with the strong wind but the lads acquitted themselves well against a good but physical side, and had we been a bit more clinical in front of goal could have won even more convincingly.”

RCA manager Martin Swales agreed: “I thought we edged the first half but we were a well beaten side at the close.”

North Shields host West Auckland on Wednesday then travel to Ryhope CW on Saturday.

On Wednesday, October 5, Penrith visit the Daren Persson Stadium before they welcome Ryhope CW on Saturday, October 8.