North Shields hoping to beat weather problems

With the FA Vase at the  North East Football Writers' dinner are, frm left, chariman Alan Matthews, manager Graham Fenton, assistant boss Andy Bowman, and club president Malcolm Macdonald.
With the FA Vase at the North East Football Writers' dinner are, frm left, chariman Alan Matthews, manager Graham Fenton, assistant boss Andy Bowman, and club president Malcolm Macdonald.

North Shields have fallen foul of weather conditions with all of their Northern League fixtures called off in November.

Thankfully, as well as the FA Vase, progress was made in the Northern League Cup in what was an exciting tussle at Willington who belied their second division status.

It took a stunning extra time winner from substitute Peter Glen-Ravenhill in his first match back after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury to steer the Robins onwards.

And what is in prospect next is a return to Filtrona Park to meet a ‘reborn’ South Shields in an eagerly anticipated cross-Tyne derby with the Mariners, runaway leaders in division two.

It is to Seaham Town Park, though, that the Robins will have their minds focused next as Red Star entertain the Tynesiders on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Mark Collingwood’s team came out on top in the last league meeting at Seaham in February last year when they inflicted a rare 3-0 defeat on Shields as they went on to clinch the championship and promotion.

The Durham outfit edged through in a League Cup tie last season 2-1, but in the one that really mattered it was Graham Fenton’s side who celebrated a 4-2 verdict in the FA Vase on the magical route to Wembley with a brace apiece from Gareth Bainbridge and Ben Richardson.

Meanwhile North Shields FC were honoured at the annual North East Football Writers’ dinner on Sunday evening.

The club were presented with an award in recognition of winning the FA Vase at Wembley back in May.