North Shields still waiting on FA Vase replay date at Runcorn

James Luccock made a difference when he came off the bench. Picture by Alasdair Middleton
James Luccock made a difference when he came off the bench. Picture by Alasdair Middleton

FA Vase holders North Shields are still in the dark as to when their third round replay against Runcorn will take place.

Following a draw in the first game at the Daren Persson Stadium, an apparent electrical fault plunged Runcorn’s ground into gloom ahead of Monday’s scheduled replay, and the Shieldsmen had to hastily amend their preparations.

Extra time failed to separate the sides in the initial tie, which only went ahead after lengthy concerns about the pitch condition and the visitors’ late arrival.

Runcorn did look sharp in the opening exchanges despite losing skipper Chris Dykes through injury, which saw the game held up for a lengthy period as he received treatment.

James McShane struck the Robins woodwork and the prolific Paul Shanley was thwarted by a heroic goal line block.

But Graham Fenton’s team stuck to their task and made Runcorn pay for their profligacy on 37 minutes as Ben Richardson’s corner was tucked home at the far post by the impressive Gary Ormston.

Ten minutes of stoppage time were added and during that spell Chris Lawton nodded in a free kick for the leveller.

The introduction of James Luccock revitalised the Robins as the second half unwound and there proved danger on both flanks for the North West Premier team with Dean Holmes again in awesome form.

Shields dominated but the final decisive touch eluded them.

Runcorn were under the cosh but threatened in the odd sortie upfield as the game opened up in the extra period.

The Shields back line had to be at their best as Shanley, the visitors captain, always posed a threat and full back Jack Donnison earned man of the match ratings.

The eventual winners will visit either cross-Tyne neighbours South Shields or Morpeth Town in the fourth round.