Bainbridge hits milestone in Robins victory

Gareth Bainbridge fires home for North Shields in their game against Bedlington Terriers. Picture by Ian Warde.
Gareth Bainbridge fires home for North Shields in their game against Bedlington Terriers. Picture by Ian Warde.

Wembley bound North Shields enjoyed an emphatic victory to complete a league double over the Terriers in a game that proved another milestone for Robins prolific striker Gareth Bainbridge.

The match at the Daren Persson Stadium proved memorable with Bainbridge notching not just his 100th goal for the club in only his second season but also going on to rifle his 12th hat-trick.

His first on the night came after 18 minutes when he was picked out by Michael McKeown and the predator did the rest sparking joyous scenes.

James Luccock had a shot blocked by the keeper’s legs but Kevin Morton was then left helpless as the No.9 unleashed an absolute screamer which dipped menacingly to bulge the top corner of the net.

Just before the turnaround it was 3-0 as Dean Holmes coolly latched onto a Ben Richardson through ball to round the visiting custodian.

Bainbridge was on target again ten minutes into the second period to thwart any hopes Bedlington had of rescuing anything from the match.

The Terriers to their credit kept plugging away and Chris Bannon saved well from former Robin Paul Watson whilst late on a Stephen Young effort bobbled against the post.

North Shields: Bannon, Elliott, McKeown (Lancaster 73), Richardson, Coppen, Hughes, Morris, Wrightson, Bainbridge (Walker 62), Luccock, Holmes (Forster 83). Subs (not used) Parker, Donnison.