Richardson off the bench to hit double as North Shields win at Penrith

North Shields' Ben Richardson. Picture by Ian Warde
North Shields' Ben Richardson. Picture by Ian Warde

The true and loyal Robins supporters who journeyed west to Penrith on Wednesday evening witnessed a stirring comeback by a depleted North Shields side.

The 3-1 win was a superb result for Graham Fenton’s injury-ravaged side.

Ben Richardson came off the bench to bag a brace then debutant Jordan Summerly superbly tucked away his side’s third and clincher after being pushed into a forward role.

The Shieldsmen were shorn of no less than four strikers - Gareth Bainbridge and Denver Morris, both injured in the FA Cup win at Bridlington on Saturday, and Dean Holmes and Gary Day who were also on the treatment table.

And it got worse during 90 frenetic minutes in Cumbria with Michael McKeown and Jack Donaldson requiring treatment.

New acquisition, experienced central defender David Coulson, though, came in to make his North Shields debut with wide man James Luccock leading the line.

Penrith had started their season in style with a good victory over Ashington and they were looking to avenge a 5-2 home reverse at the hands of the Robins in the last campaign.

The Tynesiders got off to the worst possible start in going behind after just four minutes when former Workington player Andy Murray-Jones struck as Shields failed to clear.

Undeterred the Robins produced some flowing football that had the Cumbrians hanging on to their slender advantage to the interval.

In the second half the Robins pulled themselves level as free kick specialist Richardson planted a precision set-piece past home custodian Josh Richardson.

Then, in the absence of regular penalty taker Bainbridge, he stepped up to coolly plant home a spot kick that had the visiting fans in euphoria.

The icing on the cake came as man of the match Jordan Summerly latched onto a through ball to slot in his side’s third to wrap up the Robins’ first Northern League three points of the season.

North Shields: Bannon, Donnison (Parker 74), Summerly, McKeown (Richardson 46), Coulson, Hughes, Walker (Grey 63), Coppen, Luccock, Ormston, Forster. Sub not sued: Smith.

On Saturday Shields entertain Washington at Daren Persson Stadium, kick-off 3pm, and on Wednesday, August 26, Newton Aycliffe are the visitors to North Tyneside, kick-off 7.30pm.