After drawing a blank in their previous two games, North Shields returned to goalscoring form at Sam Smiths Park on Monday night by putting four past Newcastle Benfield.
The Robins got off to the perfect start when Lewis Scorgie was adjudged to have handled John Parker’s header in the tenth minute. Gareth Bainbridge duly sent keeper Andrew Grainger the wrong way from 12 yards.
However, Benfield were back on level terms within two minutes. Parker was involved again, this time losing possession cheaply to Mathew Cornish, the young midfielder moving clean through on goal to curl into the far corner.
The game continued at a frenetic pace, with both sides looking capable of magic and mistakes at any given moment.
Jack Devlin produced a touch of the former to put Shields back ahead on 14 minutes, first taking a touch to control the ball 25 yards out before looping a spectacular volley over Grainger.
The goals kept on coming on Benfield Road as Shields grabbed a third just two minutes after Devlin’s wonder goal. A flat Ben Richardson delivery was nodded into the far corner by Lee Mason, putting daylight between the two sides.
The usually prolific Paul Brayson squandered a gilt-edged chance to make it 3-2, and the game calmed down thereafter, though Scorgie saw two goalbound efforts blocked at close quarters.
The superb Devlin made the game safe for Shields on the hour, producing another fine lob to make it 4-1.
Dan Taylor poked home a 73rd minute consolation for Benfield, but the night belonged to their Tyneside neighbours.