North Shields manager Graham Fenton was delighted on several fronts after his outfit had racked up a third home win of the season against local rivals Ashington at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday.
Having already dumped the Wansbeck side out of the FA Vase and Techflow Northumberland Senior Cup, Fenton’s boys deservedly completed the trio of victories with the game effectively wrapped up by a third goal on the hour mark.
And there is just no stopping striker Gareth Bainbridge, who again haunted his former club.
Bainbridge, who scored an extra time winner in the Senior Cup tie, netted a brace on Saturday after Peter Glen-Ravenhill had opened the scoring.
Fenton said: “I thought we were good first half and controlled the game.
“Ashington’s assistant boss Ian Skinner and coach Lee Anderson probably asked their lads to sit off us and to defend in their own half, so we had a lot of possession at times.
“However, we cut them open with two really well worked goal, and from our point of view we had a very pleasing first period.
“Second half was pleasing too in a different kind of context because we had to defend well, but considering we had the wind against us and our defenders had the sun in their eyes, I thought we dealt with it.
“Although we gave the one goal away, I thought it was a thoroughly good performance all round.
“It was topped off by our third goal, and if we had just got that final pass right or got the timing of the run right, I think we could have gone in one-on-one with the keeper maybe another two or three times, but we just lacked a little bit of quality at times.”
The win extended the run of late for the high-flying Robins and Fenton enthused: “We are obviously delighted with the performances and it’s not surprising that we are in this run of form.
“The win makes it nine games unbeaten now, and we are in a really good place at the moment, having lost only twice since October, and one of those reverses came in our FA Vase game against Morpeth, which was disappointing.
“Games are coming thick and fast for a lot of sides, ourselves included, and with a heavy work load we are just having to share it around the lads.”