North Shields overcome injuries to earn FA Cup replay at Kendal

North Shields FC's James Luccock. Picture by Ian Warde.
North Shields FC's James Luccock. Picture by Ian Warde.

There was a lot of twisting and shouting at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday in a tense and enthralling FA Cup tie.

But it is all to do again in Cumbria on Tuesday evening as honours ended even.

Shields more than matched their Evostik North opponents’ early pacesetters in their division, but could not quite grab a clincher as the visitors had centre half Rob Williams sent off just before the 90-minute mark for a foul inches outside the area on Gary Day.

The sides had last met back in 1978 in the FA Trophy when the Cumbrians were known as Netherfield, and following a goalless draw on Tyneside, a brace from Alan Barker and a Ronnie Young strike steered the Robins through in the replay.

This time Graham Fenton was forced into a late change, his troops already depleted as centre half John Parker pulled up in the pre-match warm-up and had to be replaced by David Coulson.

New acquisition Jake Fenton was named on the substitutes bench and was introduced in the second half to make a favourable impression but could not make the scoresheet.

Remarkably in Shields’ four previous games a player has netted on his debut -Jack Walker at Bridlington, Jordan Summerly at Penrith, David Pounder versus Washington and Dan Wilson against Newton Aycliffe.

Wilson gave his new team-mates a boost with his goal midway through the first period against Aycliffe, heading home following great persistence from Gary Ormston and a sublime cross from Ben Richardson.

Aycliffe saw Stuart Banks red carded moments before the break but seconds before the whistle there was more drama as numerical parity was restored with Robins captain Kevin Hughes shown a second yellow card.

Striker Day was sacrificed by Fenton with Parker coming on to bolster the home back line, and he was needed, with a crucial goalline clearance from the much travelled Mattie Moffat as the Durham side bossed the second half and rued missing some glorious chances.

It was a fortuitous goal that levelled matters on 52 minutes as Paul Garthwaute’s effort came back off keeper Chris Bannon to richochet gently in the net.

On Saturday and Shields showed resilience to bounce back after a Dan Forbes header from a corner gave Kendal a 28th minute advantage.

The ground erupted as Shields engineered a flowing move culminating in more great work from Ormston before James Luccock relished a glorious far post finish - his second strike of the campaign.

It was nip and tuck throughout an enthralling second half. The sides could not be separated with Walker rescuing his side with a late last-ditch clearance.

The sides meet up again Tuesday evening with the prize for the winners a home tie against Dunston UTS.

North Shields: Bannon, Walker, Grey, Ormston, Coulson, Hughes, Luccock, Forster, Wilson (Day 83), Richardson (Fenton 73), Carr (Holmes 65). Subs not used: Bowman, Smith.

To see highlights of the 1-1 draw with Kendal, go to North Shields FC TV.