Shields assistant boss looking to keep run going

North Shields, buoyant after their dazzling 4-2 midweek success at Hillheads against Whitley Bay, had to cool down when their scheduled trip to Billingham Synthonia was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Shields were simply sensational at Whitley as they celebrated a first Northern League victory at that venue since back in 1984.

Then it was a quick 4-1 double for the Robins inside four days with player-manager Jim Pearson Paul Ross and Micky Carroll all bagging a brace.

The sides have barely met since Shields secured the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James’ Park in 1991 thanks to a Tony Burgess strike.

Graham Fenton’s men, currently riding high in second position and scheduled to host sixth top Guisborough Town on Wednesday, are at Ashington on Saturday (3pm).

The sides met at Shields only weeks ago with the Robins overcoming a two-goal interval deficit to claim the points.

Shields assistant boss Andy Bowman said: “The season so far has been a huge shock as to just how well we have done.

“We knew the players from last season had quality and were good enough, though there were some doubters.

“Everyone has played their part - players,committee and fans to get us this far.

“Although we are up challenging the leaders we know the other sides are more than useful and it will be hard going to keep up there.

“The FA Vase is a nice distraction and all we can do is progress as far as we can, we certainly won’t be taking our foot off the gas.”

That Vase match is on Saturday, January 17, at home to Consett, with a return visit to Seaham Red Star set for January 20 in the Northern League Cup.