North Shields have the Highwaymen in sight after FA Cup replay win

North Shields striker Jack Devlin. Picture by Ally Middleton
North Shields striker Jack Devlin. Picture by Ally Middleton
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North Shields advanced to the next round of the FA Cup with a replay win over Jarrow Roofing on Tuesday night.

Two goals either side of half-time saw off the Roofers and set up a mouth-watering tie with FA Vase holders Morpeth Town.

Roofing had forced the replay after holding the Robins to a goalless draw at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday.

In Tuesday’s replay, the home side had the ball in the Shields net inside 15 minutes only for the effort to be chalked off by the assistant’s flag after the ball was whipped in from the left.

After that Shields controlled possession well and Lee Mason looked to push on and support the forwards Gareth Bainbridge and Jack Devlin.

Shields’ persistence paid off after 36 minutes when Mason broke free of the Roofing defence and passed the ball into the opposite corner to give the Robins a 1-0 interval lead.

After the break Shields turned the screw and on 52 minutes Devlin gave the Robins a commanding lead.

Marc Lancaster fired a long diagonal ball with pinpoint accuracy and Devlin smashed the it past Jennison in the Roofing goal to the delight the Shields contingent in the 178 crowd.

Bainbridge thought he had added a third 15 minutes from time when a stray Roofing flick found him through on goal and he made no mistake. But the officials then held a 30-second conference before the assistant raised his flag to disallow the effort.

Roofing keeper Jennison kept the score down with a number of good saves, but the result was safe, the prize money in the bank, and the Highwaymen booked for the next round at the Daren Persson Stadium.

North Shields: Hayes, Summerly, Lancaster (Glen-Ravenhill), Ormston, Coppen, Parker (Smith), Mason, Richardson (Forster), Bainbridge, Devlin, Taylor.

On Saturday Shields are at Chester-le-Street as they get their Northern League campaign under way before hosting Washington on Wednesday, August 17.