North Shields comfortable in win over near neighbours West Allotment

North Shields' Curtis Coppen heads the third for the Robins against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Ian Warde
North Shields' Curtis Coppen heads the third for the Robins against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Ian Warde

In a repeat of the scoreline when the sides had last met on Good Friday the North Shields consolidated fourth position in the Northern League first division with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Allotment Celtic.

Goals from Peter Glen-Ravenhill James Luccock and Curtis Coppen steered the Shieldsmen to success over their local rivals.

And it made another unhappy return to their old stamping ground for former Robins player/coaches Wilf Keilty and Paul Hogg, now sporting Allotment colours.

Graham Fenton welcomed defenders John Parker and John Grey back into his starting line-up whilst Allotment travelled without the suspended Michael Bell, Gary Hall and Marc Dummett, but included recently recruited former Robin Phil Robinson on the bench.

Gareth Bainbridgs went close in the first minute before limping off to be replaced by Peter Glen-Ravenhill.

Following a teasing Denver Morris run, visiting keeper Ryan Beal’s clearance all but richocheted into his own net as Shields enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

The hosts then suffered a further injury blow as skipper Kevin Hughes hobbled off and gradually Allotment came more into it.

David Dormand rifled past the upright then saw a header from a corner scrambled off the line by Parker.

A moment of magic from Dean Holmes on 43 minutes provided the breakthrough as he latched onto a misplaced cross-field pass to set off on a breathtaking run to the byline to set up Glen-Ravenhill to jubilantly bury the cross.

Morris was within an inch of making it two before the turnaround.

The second period unwound with action at both ends as Glen-Ravenhill curled a great effort over the angle and Paul Chapman unleashing a fierce drive that flashed wide.

Allotment then had a Sean Reid header ruled out for a push on Grey and Shields roared into a three-goal advantage by the 71st minute.

Dean Holmes struck the bar for James Luccock to tuck away the rebound, then substitute Coppen rose superbly to bury a header past Beal.

Shields cruised through the remainder of the match with the visitors rarely looking capable of reducing the deficit.

North Shields: Bannon, Elliott, Grey, Richardson, Parker, Hughes (Coppen), Luccock (Livermore), Wrightson, Bainbridge (Glen-Ravenhill), Morris, Holmes. Subs not used: Colvin, Hook.

West Allotment Celtic: Beal, Pendlebury, Hall, Dunn, Stoneman, Reid, Chapman (Lancaster), Allen (Henderson), Dormand, Fenwick, McGlen. Subs not used: Lee, Robinson.

North Shields, who lost interest in the Northumberland Senior Cup with a 2-0 defeat at Morpeth Town in midweek, are at Penrith on Saturday (3pm).

West Allotment are at home to Ashington, kick-off 3pm.