North Shields assistant manager Andy Bowman saw his side continue to steamroller their way towards the summit of the Ebac Northern League first division table.
This time with a narrow 2-1 victory over Ashington at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
Victory saw the Shieldsmen consolidate second place, and whilst Graham Fenton’s number two bemoaned the fact of not being able to see the Robins turn in a whole 90 minutes performance, he was nevertheless happy with the eventual outcome.
“We didn’t keep the ball well enough second half, to be honest,” he said.
“We tend to do this and can’t seem to put two good halves together - but with the attitude our lads have, we have always got a chance of getting three points.”
Bowman reflected on a first period when Shields had the upper hand.
“First half I thought we kept the ball really well,” he added.
“We went two nil up and deservedly so I thought, but the goal just before half-time by Kyle Downey really spurred Ashington on in the second half.
“They are a very good side with very good players and you have got to be wary.
“I thought we kept a good shape throughout the game and maybe at the beginning of the second half we could have added another couple of goals where we have hit the post and the bar.
“Ashington had chances to get something from the game near the end, so after a hard fought game I’m just delighted to secure the three points.”