North Shields Athletic just one point from promotion

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Before this weekend’s game Athletic found themselves in action on Wednesday night against Alston where they ran out 3-1 winners with the goals coming from Matty Donkin, two, his first after only 30 seconds played and a goal from goalie Phil Holgate with a clearance which caught out his opposing number one causing scenes of mad celebration as Holgate disappeared under his celebrating team mates.

The Wideopen game kicked off with Wideopen having a strong wind behind their backs, Athletic were having to play the ball on the ground as any high ball was coming straight back.

Athletic found themselves in front when Thomas Gibson scored his first goal of the season when his powerful shot gave the Wideopen goalie no chance.

The wind was making it difficult for both teams to play any decent football but come half time Athletic were still leading 1-0.

The second half saw Athletic with the wind behind them with it still causing problems for both teams.

Athletic’s leading goal scorer Scott Jasper had a few chances but it took sub Sean Millington to seal the win for Athletic when he was put clear on goal and he calmly placed the ball past the Wideopen goalie.

Athletic’s goalie Holgate almost repeated his scoring act when the wind caught his clearance and with Wideopen’s goalie stranded just cleared the bar.

Athletic need just one point for promotion and four to win the division two title with three games left it’s looking good.

Athletic have to play New Fordley on May 8 at home, Birtley on May 11 away and their final game is Blyth Isabella on May 15 away.

North Shields Athletic Reserves have won promotion from the Tyneside Amateur League division two at their first attempt so well done to Andy Smith and Kev Ging and all their players.