Shields dampen the Phoenix fire

NORTH Shields girls came up against a goalkeeper on the top of her game at a windy but warm Gosforth Park.

Time and time again the Phoenix keeper denied Shields and when they did manage to beat her the post and crossbar came to the Ashington side’s rescue.

Shields though refused to panic and eventually got the goal their possession deserved when Nicole Gardener finished off a sweeping move to put Shields one up.

Katie Barker grabbed a second and Daisy Rowe made the game safe when she fired home from close range.

The league now breaks for Easter with Shields still pushing Bedlington hard for the title in a season which has seen both sides top the league at different times.

Man of the match was Sian Nelson.