NORTH Shields Under-10 girls once again came second best to the unbeaten Bedlington Rockets in their cup semi-final.
The second quarter saw Bedlington edge in front and then quickly double their lead as Shields struggled to get any possession of the ball.
Katie Barker and Nicole Gardener continued to pressure the Bedlington defence with Gardener’s corners producing Shields’ best chances.
Just as it looked like Shields might get back into the game Bedlington added a third.
The last quarter saw Shields again show their determination with some whole hearted challenges, Emily Pearson, Daisy Rowe and Sian Nelson all made last ditch blocks as Bedlington pushed forward.
As the clock ticked down Bedlington grabbed a fourth as Shields went looking for what would have been a well earned consolation goal.
Shields can take heart from a battling performance which saw Elizabeth Tait edge out Brooke Patterson for the man of the match with Jasmine Stephenson also impressing with some brave goalkeeping.
Shields and Bedlington meet again this weekend in what will most likely be a game that will decide the title.