North Shields, still to learn the identity of their FA Vase fourth-round opponents warmed up with a 7-0 win in a friendly match against Northern Alliance Division One side Wallsend Boys’ Club.
New signing Lee Mason found the net, with both Jordan Summerly and James Luccock notching up braces of goals, and Dean Holmes and Gareth Bainbridge also getting on the scoresheet at the weekend.
Ex-Blyth Spartans midfielder Lee Mason was signed from Whitby Town, but he did make two appearances for the Robins in September 2011 against Easington and Esh Winning, sporting a No 7 shirt.
Prior to joining Spartans, Mason, 25 next month, began his career at Hartlepool United, before a short stint with Swedish club Unik FK, then spells with Whitley Bay and Newcastle Benfield.
He scored 11 goals in 81 appearances for Blyth between 2011 and 2014 and 11 in 76 for the Seasiders.
Shields have had their Ebac Northern League division one match with Jarrow Roofing tonight called off due to yet another waterlogged pitch, but they are scheduled to visit Washington on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm, weather permitting.
The Robins went down 2-3 to Washington at the Daren Persson Stadium in August despite a couple of Dave Pounder strikes.
Their last visit to Washington’s Nissan complex home ground, though, was during the Robins’ promotion winning campaign of 2013-14, and it finished 9-0 to the Shieldsmen, with Keith Douglas bagging four, Gareth Bainbridge three and Dan Smart two.
Later in that season, in the return fixture, Bainbridge blasted in another hat-trick and Smart another brace, with Dean Holmes’s double and Joe Elliott completing the scoring for an 8-0 victory.
After numerous postponements, South Shields and Morpeth Town are in line to settle their FA Vase tie on Consett’s 3G pitch, with Graham Fenton’s lads preparing to take on the victors, but no date has yet been set.
A fifth-round tie in Hertfordshire against Berkhamsted, of the South Midlands League premier division, awaits the winners.
North Shields and Ashington are pencilled in to meet in the Northumberland Senior Cup on Wednesday next week, and South Shields are due to host the Robins in the Northern League Cup on Tuesday, February 2.