North Shields knocked out of FA Cup by ten men Kendal

North Shields' Dean Holmes takes on the Kendal defence in Tuesday night's replay. Picture by Craig McVay
North Shields' Dean Holmes takes on the Kendal defence in Tuesday night's replay. Picture by Craig McVay

North Shields made the long trek to Westmorland on Tuesday evening only to see their FA Cup adventure come off the rails.

Yet again the Shieldsmen were patched up but they gave their all whilst the Cumbrians rode their luck and will entertain Dunston UTS at the next stage.

Graham Fenton’s troops dominated - it was one-way traffic throughout the second period - but shorn of strike power all the fine approach work came to nothing.

James Luccock’s stunning far post leveller had set up the replay and he again tormented Town early on and was denied another strike by the crossbar.

Gareth Bainbridge, Denver Morris, Michael McKeown and Jack Donnison were again sidelined, as was player of the year and defensive kingpin John Parker, who pulled up in Saturday’s warm-up.

New acquisirion Dan Wilson, who scored on his debut against Newton Aycliffe, led the line whilst Dean Holmes, still itching to get back to full fitness, started.

Wilson and David Coulson both cleared the bar with powerful efforts then midway through the first period the Evostik North team, just as in the first match when Rob Williams was red carded late on, so too was Sam Bailey for a similar offence, a foul inches outside the penalty area.

But the ten men stunned Shields with a blistering Craig Carney strike against the run of play.

The Robins roused, no doubt by the half-time team talk, began the second half in a frenzy as the home goal led a charmed life.

Again thwarted by the woodwork when a Wilson effort came off the post and richocheted to safety, Luccock was denied by the keeper’s legs and Ryan Carr and Wilson headers both flew agonisingly wide.

With time running out and everyone pushed forward, the Robins were caught on the break and Carney notched his second to book his side’s passage.

Robins assistant boss Andy Bowman said: “We are creating the chances but not being ruthless enough.

“There have been so many matches where we should have been out of sight but have not capitalised.

“It’s frustrating, we now need to kick-start our season by racking up some league wins.”

The defeat meant Shields were unable to repeat their 3-1 FA Trophy replay success back in 1978 on their last visit to the Parkside Ground when an Alan Barker brace and a Ronnie Young goal sreered the Robins through.

North Shields: Bannon, Walker, Grey, Ormston, Coulson (Fenton 75), Hughes, Luccock, Foster (Richardson 57), Wilson, Carr, Holmes (Summerly 62). Subs not used: Bowman, Smith.

The cup-tied David Pounder and Michael McKeown are added to the squad who travel to Bedlington Terriers on Saturday (3pm).

On Wednesday, September 9, Shields are away to Norton and Stockton Ancients.