Robins open pre-season with a win

Gareth Bainbridge gets a shot in for North Shields in their friendly against Gateshead Reserves. Picture by Ian Warde.
Gareth Bainbridge gets a shot in for North Shields in their friendly against Gateshead Reserves. Picture by Ian Warde.

North Shields’ first run out after the summer break saw them record a comfortable win over a Gateshead reserve side in front of an audience of 184.

It did not take long for last seasons top marksman and Northern League Player of the Year Gareth Bainbridge to open his account in the new campaign.

He was in the right place to convert in the 16th minute then was released following some good work from Michael Tait to coolly round the keeper and slot home.

Dean Holmes then shot inches past the post and was denied a blatant penalty before right on the half time whistle he slid the ball through to John Grey who jubilantly blasted in the third.

Shields had included two of their new acquisitions in their starting line-up – Curtis Coppen and Peter Glen-Ravenhill – who both impressed and made a number of substitutions as the second half unwound.

Holmes, Dean Walker and Alan Ewart all went close to adding to the Robins tally as they continued to spray the ball around to good effect.

Assistant boss Andy Bowman said afterwards: “I thought the lads handled the game really well and I was happy with the tempo we showed.

“There was some great composure for all the goals and defensively we looked assured.

“Curtis Coppen looked as if he’d been with us for seasons and Peter Glen-Ravenhill was sharp up front.

“In the second half we altered our formation and made eight changes in personnel so we werent quite so fluent but still controlled the game.

“Some tough tests coming up though as we aim to get everyone at their peak for our league opener.”

North Shields: M Robinson, Donnison (Hook 65), Grey (Turner 46), Richardson, Coppen (Ewart 75), Hughes (Parker 46), P Robinson (Carr 46), Tait, Bainbridge (Walker 75), Glen-Ravenhill (Wrightson 46), Holmes (Taylor 65).

North Shields travel to Spennymoor Town on Thursday, July 17, at 7.30pm then host Team Northumbria on Wednesday, July 23, at 7.30pm.