Douglas double fails to save Shieldsmen from defeat

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A KEITH Douglas brace inspired a stirring fightback by North Shields FC against the stl Northern League division two dark horses Washington, but ultimately all was to be in vain.

Neither side had threatened until, out of the blue, Michael Latimer’s 24th minute strike put the Nissan-based visitors in front.

It was 2-0 on the half-hour when Mark Covell was allowed a free header to bury a corner kick.

The hosts could well have pulled one back before the break when James Luccock was in the clear but play was inexplicably halted with no advantage.

The half-time team talk seemed to have the desired effect with Paul Watson unleashing a scorcher that flashed inches wide.

Joe Elliott pushed forward to provide more bite in the middle of the park and, with Andy Wright mesmerising defenders on the flank, Shields we a different proposition.

However, Beal’s mis-directed clearance landed at the feet of Covell in the 63rd minute and that third goal appeared to have made the points safe.

Douglas, though, roused the home crowd with a free kick that former Shields keeper Dan Regan could only help into his own net then blasted in a second with quarter of an hour remaining.

With the Robins piling forward a quick Washington break saw Latimer poach his side’s fourth to quell the comeback.

Woodhouse said afterwards: “We gave them two goals, which made it difficult, but Washington deserved the points.”

Washington team boss Richie Latmier said: “I thought we controlled the game.

“There was a comment on an interenet forum about us, and so I printed it off and put it on the dressing room wall.

“That was enough to motivate our players.”

North Shields: Beal, Hall, Grey (A Wright 46), Livermore (Deighton 68), Elliott, Hughes, Luccock, Watson, Hay (Gordon 46), Douglas, Patterson. Sub not used: Atkinson, Arnot.