Four points in two games as North Shields get campaign back on track

North Shields twice came from behind to claim a point on their first visit to the new Belle View Stadium

The Steelmen had just announced the appointment of a new manager in Colin Myers who was watching from the sidelines but the Shieldsmen travelled in fine spirits following their five goals in midweek against Jarrow Roofing.

The Robins had come out on top twice by a three goal margin as the sides contested league and Vase games at the Daren Persson Stadium but the hosts would provide sterner opposition on their own surface.

Michael Robinson brilliantly tipped over early on and at the other end a Kevin Hughes header following a corner was frantically blocked.

Michael Mackay gave Consett a 29th minute lead, one they hung onto till the break.

Shields began to display more of their eye-catching football after the break and deservedly were back on terms as Denver Morris pounced, first to react after substitute Gary Day’s effort had been kept out.

Michael McKeown was only inches away from giving the visitors the lead as the Robins found their rhythm but against the run of play Luke Sullivan restored the Consett advantage through a free kick.

Undeterred it took Shields just five minutes to restore parity once more when a Ben Richardson corner came back out to him and he again swung over a teasing cross that Day tucked away with aplomb.

Shields all but grabbed a late winner as they poured forward but a James Luccock delicate chip flew agonisingly wide and a Gareth Bainbridge header clattered against the underside of the bar.

North Shields: Robinson, Donnison, Grey, McKeown, Coppen, Hughes (Elliott 75), Luccock, Richardson, Bainbridge, Wrightson (Morris 46), Holmes (46). Subs not used: Bannon, Lancaster.

North Shields 5

Jarrow Roofing 1

The Robins reacted superbly to return to winning ways and go nap at the Daren Persson Stadium.

In a changed team incumbents Curtis Coppen and James Luccock were simply awesome whilst new striker Gary Day celebrated a brace.

Day belted in a beauty with 13 minutes on the clock to give his side the best of starts and it could have been more in the first period against the highly ranked visitors as Denver Morris was only inches away and Ben Richardson thwarted by the woodwork.

Straight into the second period and Day all but netted with a near post header but Jarrow broke and following a corner were awarded a spot kick for an alleged handball with Michael Robinson nearly keeping out Lewis Teasdale’s penalty.

That sparked a prompt reaction from the Robins with some sparkling skills from substitute Kieran Wrightson setting up Luccock to coolly drive past the keeper then Day drove in to make it 3-1.

Luccock was a constant threat and yet another cross was this time turned in by Curtis Coppen who stooped to head home then he doubled his tally in stoppage time with a neat finish.

North Shields: Robinson, Donnison, Lancaster, Coppen, Parker, Hughes, Morris, Forster (Wrightson 53), Day (Bainbridge 63), Richardson, Luccock. Subs not used: Grey, Holmes, Bannon.