A GOOD start and a good finish saw North Shields Under-10s Girls keep up their title challenge against a young but talented Bedlington Bulldogs side.
In freezing conditions Shields ran up a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with Nicole Gardener opening the scoring.
With more chances being missed it was Emily Pearson who doubled the lead from the edge of the area.
Just as it looked like Bedlington would manage to go in only two down, Katie Barker pounced after a scramble in the box to put Shields 3-0 up at the break.
The third quarter saw Shields struggling to impose themselves on a team with several younger players in their ranks.
Shields had Daisy Rowe to thank for a brave block that denied the Bulldogs a goal, although at the other end Mia Welch came close to increasing the lead.
Rowe was on the end of an excellent pass from the impressive Brooke Patterson to give Shields a 4-0 lead.
Shields, lead by Jasmine Stephenson, poured forward in search of more goals and Sian Nelson went close twice.
As the clock ticked down Barker added a fifth then a sixth for her hat-trick.
As the teams left the pitch defender Elizabeth Tait was deservedly awarded the man of the match award for another assured display at the heart of the Shields defence.
At the end of the game manager Richard Stephenson described Shields performance as “pleasant enough, although easily distracted and must do better”.