North Shields continue on goal trail against Alnwick Town

Ryan Carr scores for North Shields against Alnwick Town. Picture by Ian Warde.
Ryan Carr scores for North Shields against Alnwick Town. Picture by Ian Warde.
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Not even a howling wind could blow a rampant North Shields off track as three second half goals – against the conditions – secured a 16th league win in 18 games against a plucky Alnwick outfit.

With just eight league games remaining the Shieldsmen will be bidding to add to their already impressive 117 league goal tally.

And they have bagged the last seven without sidelined ace marksman Gareth Bainbridge.

Prior to Saturday’s win, it was a depleted line-up that took to the field at the Daren Persson Stadium in midweek against Willington.

But the Robins delighted their followers with a sparkling showing.

Midfielder Michael Tait came in for his first appearance since the 5-0 verdict at Brandon in early November whilst substitutes Phil Cartwright and Stewarr Wright answered the call to perform creditably in the second period.

Phil Robinson gave the hosts the early boost they needed with a crisp finish then when Dan Smart was upended in the box up stepped Ben Richardson to despatch the spot kick.

Michael McKeown then released Smart who did well to shrug off a defender’s determined challenge to rifle past the keeper.

Adam Comby reduced the deficit right on the half-time whistle but it was 4-1 before the hour when Robinson’s interception then dazzling pace set up Dean Walker who made no mistake.

Saturday’s visitors Alnwick included former Robin Gloire Mbiavanga in their back line.

The north Northumberland outfit held firm for the first 45 minutes, though Walker all but broke the deadlock with a fine effort only thwarted by the woodwork.

Shields turned on some style on the turnaround despite the elements with Tait drilling home the opener following a Richardson free kick.

Then McKeown somehow got to the byline and Ryan Carr buried the cross at the far post.

McKeown then unleashed a stinging free kick that saw Smart lurking to tuck away the rebound off the keeper.

North Shields: M Robinson, Donnison, McKeown, Richardson, Park (Smith 63), Hughes, P Robinson (Wrightson 66), Tait, Smart, Walker, Carr. Subs not used: Grey, Bainbridge, Courtney.

Graham Fenton’s lads line up against Jarrow Roofing in an Ernest Armstrong cup semi-final on Wednesday before heading to Stokesley on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, and meeting up with Alnwick again at St James Park on Wednesday, March 26, kick off 7.30pm.