Robins presentation night

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NORTH Shields Football Club will reflect upon a rousing 2010-11 campaign at their presentation evening to be held at the Terminus Club on Friday from 7.30pm – supporters welcome.

Boss Anthony Woodhouse enjoyed his second full season at the Daren Persson Stadium at Ralph Gardner Park and guided his side to fourth position, only two points adrift of a promotion place.

The Robins accumulated 80 points, 42 on their travels as they lost only one game – at Whickham.

It was the home record which saw them falter at the final hurdle with three single goal reverses and a 1-1 draw in succession.

Before then Shields, who boasted the best defensive register in the division, had been scoring goals for fun and racking up a record breaking 20 game unbeaten sequence.

Four were netted against Brandon, Seaham Red Star (twice), Darlington RA, Morpeth, Chester-le-Street and Whitehaven.

Five went in at Darlington’s Brinkburn Road and Morpeth’s Craik Park, six at Hebburn, and seven and nine against Washington.

Keith Douglas finished third in the division two top marskmen table with 32 strikes, including four hat-tricks, only behind Newton Aycliffe’s Warren Byrne and Keith Connelly of Whitehaven.

Douglas also bagged eight in cup competitions including a sensational hat-trick inside the last seven minutes to earn a 3-3 scoreline at Newcastle Benfield, and another three in the 9-0 romp over Morpeth in the Ernest Armstrong Trophy.

In the FA Cup the Robins won at Seaham before bowing out to a solitary goal in the replay versus Newcastle Benfield whilst they went down in a disappointing cross-Tyne FA Vase tie at South Shields.

Shields exited to Spennymoor in the Northern League Cup, to Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup and Whickham in the Ernest Armstrong Trophy.

For 42 years North Shields have been the last club from the Tyne Tees area to have won the country’s Premier Non-League competition.

That FA Amateur Cup success at Wembley in 1969 has held until Darlington were victorious in last Saturday’s FA Trophy final.

Scarborough, who won the trophy three times in 1973, 1976 and 1977, had previously been the closest to the Robins.