North Shields lose to Allotment after putting six past Benfield

James Luccock fires home the hopening goal for North Shields against West Allotment. Picture by Craig McVay
James Luccock fires home the hopening goal for North Shields against West Allotment. Picture by Craig McVay

Four days after putting six past Newcastle Benfield at the Daren Persson Stadium, North Shields were beaten at home by West Alltoment Celtic.

Remarkably in both games the Robins dominated the opening half but only made the breakthrough a couple of minutes before the interval.

Against Benfield the Shieldsmen went on to produce a stylish second half showing to delight their fans by rattling in another five goals.

It looked comfortable against Allotment too at the break but the visitors took advantage of a miscued pass to level, then as the hosts were contentiously reduced to ten-men the visitors bagged all the points with a late clincher.

Skipper Kevin Hughes grabbed the last touch after Gary Ormston had swayed a Ben Richardson corner goalwards to break the deadlock against Benfield.

On the resumption Graham Fenton’s men were awesome.

That golden goal touch for Gareth Bainbridge still not quite there, though, he was unlucky with a superb flick that came back off the post. But it worked out well as full back Stuart Donnison magnificently got past two defenders and scored a beauty – his first for Shields.

The hosts were in full flow and Dean Holmes delicately chipped a third then provided the assist for James Luccock to add to the tally.

Another full back, John Grey, drove in to make it a nap hand, but the rampant Robins were not quite done and in the closing minutes Curtis Coppen skilfully guided in a header from a Ben Richardson corner.

Perhaps a hard act to follow against neighbours West Allotment Celtic, but Shields went into the game firm favourites.

A number of changes to the starting line-up saw centre forward Dan Wilson and Ryan Carr replace Bainbridge who reverted to the bench while Ormston was unavailable.

Kevin Hughes and Ben Richardson turned out against their old club whilst once more in Allotment colours was ex-Shieldsman David Henderson.

Ian Dunn for the visitors was fortuitous not to receive a card early on for a challenge on Grey which saw the Shields defender soon carried off.

Allotment were not at the races in the opening half but dug in and held out until the 39th minute.

Then a Richardson free kick was nodded on by Coppen and Luccock tucked the ball home.

Coppen and Wilson both went close with headers as Holmes tormented the back line, but it was only a slender advantage at the break.

Allotment came out on the resumption a different outfit and Sam Walton tested Sean McCafferty with a low drive then blazed over when well placed.

From looking comfortable, Shields started to panic and centre forward Paul Kane profited from a gift on 66 minutes to equalise.

A minute later referee Thomas Dicicco made a questionable game changing decision by showing Shields substitute Jordan Summerly a red card.

Allotment continued their fine spell but could not capitalise upon their man advantage until the closing minutes.

Ironically it came after a spell of rousing attacking from the Robins, but they were caught out by a long ball and substitute Ben Bradley, although not connecting cleanly, managed to slot in the winner.

Highlights of the Allotment game are on the North Shields FC YouTube channel.

The sides meet again at Benton on Friday evening, kick-off 7 30pm.

North Shields: McCafferty, Donnison, Grey (Summerly), Coppen, Parker, Hughes, Luccock, Richardson, Wilson (Bainbridge), Carr (Lancaster), Holmes. Subs not used: Bannon, Bowman.

West Allotment: Wells, Keenan, Deagle, Dunn, Dobson, Hall, McRoberts (Bradley), Henderson, Kane, Walton, Parkinson (Allen). Subs not used: Sayer, Pocklington, Douglas.