Patton at double for Robins
Whickham 1North Shields 3A Kyle Patton double helped North Shields to a comfortable 3-1 away win against Whickham, who finished the game with only ten men after Stephen Little was sent off in the second half.
Goals from Patton and Scott McCarthy gave the Robins a 2-0 half-time lead.
Whickham pulled a goal back after the break through Dale Burrell, but when Little was shown a second yellow card and dismissed the visitors had the upper hand and a simple finish from Patton secured all three points.
North Shields, who are now sixth in the table with 21 points (six wins and three draws from 13 games), are back in action on Saturday when they face Newcastle Benfield at home.