North Shields’ man of the match Jack Walker fires a cross past a Bedlington Terriers defender.

North Shields' man of the match Jack Walker fires a cross past a Bedlington Terriers defender. Picture by Craig McVay.
North Shields' man of the match Jack Walker fires a cross past a Bedlington Terriers defender. Picture by Craig McVay.

A polished second half display saw North Shields overwhelm Bedlington Terriers to secure three points on their travels for the second time this campaign.

That other away success was at Penrith where Ben Richardson was instrumental in the Robins revival with a beauty of a free kick.

And on Saturday at Welfare Park it was another pearler of a set-piece from the dead ball specialist that set the Shieldsmen on their way.

The Robins completed the signing of former Newcastle Blyth and Gateshead forward Ryan McGorrigan in time for him to be named on the bench, where he was joined by defensive kingpin John Parker after injury.

Ryan Carr warmed the hands of home keeper Fabian Offe early on and Dan Wilson, again leading the line, flashed a header from a James Luccock cross just wide.

At the other end Adam Harvey drove a free kick over the angle.

However, after the breezy opening the rest of the half fizzled out into a dour stalemate with chances at a premium.

Not so the second half, which was brought to life in the 50th minute.

Up stepped Richardson to produce another moment of magic to plant a free kick from just outside the area that sailed sweetly into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.

Michael McKeown was then introduced and he wasted no time in making an impression with his sublime distribution as the Shielddmen played with vigour and zest.

Full back and man of the match Jack Walker combined well with Luccock as they linked down the right flank, and from one such move Wilson’s scorching shot cleared the bar.

It was 2-0 in the 67th minute mark as Gary Ormston then David Pounder set up Wilson to bury the ball with aplomb from close range.

It continued to be one way traffic with the Terriers confined to the odd sortie by a solid Shields back line with keeper Chris Bannon scarcely troubled throughout.

McGorrigan came on for the final 15 minutes and impressed, feeding fellow substitute Dean Holmes to gleefully blast in number three on 83 minutes.

The chirpy Holmes all but bagged another as he latched on to a defensive blunder but his goalbound effort took the slightest deflection off the keeper’s legs to agonisingly roll inches wide.

The game had been held up by an injury to referee Helen Byrne with Shields’ non-playing defender Marc Lancaster running the line in the closing stages, which saw Harvey clear the Shields bar and Offe deny McGorrigan.

North Shields: Bannon, Walker, Grey, Ormston, Hughes, Luccock, Richardson, Wilson (McGorrigan 75), Pounder (Holmes 68), Carr (McKeown 55). Subs not used: Parker, Forster.

Shields are at Norton and Stockton Ancients on Wednesday then head in the same direction on Saturday when they travel to take on league champions Marske United with a 3pm kick-off.

Then on Wednesday, September 16, Sunderland RCA are the visitors to the Daren Persson Stadium (7.30pm), before on Saturday, September 19, North Shields, who completed a league double over Whitley Bay last season, welcome their near neighbours for a 3pm start.

Highlights of Saturday’s win at Bedlington Terriers are available online at North Shields FC TV.