Shields continue to climb table with third win in a row

North Shields' Gareth Bainbridge. Picture by Ian Warde.
North Shields' Gareth Bainbridge. Picture by Ian Warde.

North Shields made it a nine-point haul from the last three games with a 2-0 win at West Auckland Town on Tuesday evening.

The Robins have scored five goals and conceded none as they continue to climb the Northern League first division table.

They chalked up a fifth away success against opponents who belied their lowly position.

Shields boss Graham Fenton made two changes to his starting 11 with Gary Ormston and Ben Richardson coming in for the injured Adam Forster and James Luccock.

Gareth Bainbridge, back leading the line, all but converted a Dean Holmes cross early on, but he was celebrating in the 38th minute when fellow striker Dan Wilson brilliantly provided the opening and a 105th goal in 99 appearances for the club was buried with aplomb.

Shields had to dig deep in the second period and a workmanlike performance was duly rewarded.

Curtis Coppen saw a header somehow scrambled off the line whilst at the other end skipper John Parker, against his former club, again roused his troops.

In the closing minutes the Shieldsmen made the points safe as substitute John Grey galloped down the left flank before slipping the ball to Ryan McGorrigan who jubilantly slotted in his first goal for the Robins.

North Shields: McCafferty, Donnison, Summerly, McKeown, Parker, Coppen, Ormston, Richardson, Bainbridge (McGorrigan 69), Wilson, Holmes (Grey). Subs not used: Hughes, Bannon, Bowman.