Shields finally get first home point of the new season

NORTH Shields FC twice led against Easington Colliery but in the end had to settle for picking up their first point at the Daren Persson Stadium in a 2-2 result.

In a dream opening for the Tynesiders, Hay and Mason combined for Luccock to convert at the far post in only the second minute, his first goal since notching the winner against Team Northumbria in February.

The visitors enjoyed plenty possession without carving out many openings until Lee Ellison levelled direct from a free kick five minutes before the interval.

Skipper Douglas struck the Easington post on the hour before the lively Holmes latched on to a Douglas through ball to burst the net and restore the home advantage on 79 minutes.

Four minutes on though it was all square with Shields conceding from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, this time converted by Luke Wilson.

North Shields: Robinson, Hall, Grey, Elliott (Deighton 75), Hughes, Bowlt, Mason, Page (Watson 65), Hay (Holmes 65), Douglas, Luccock. Subs not used: Salter, Patterson.

Following the visit of Esh Winning midweek, Shields host Whickham at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday, 3pm, before crossing the Tyne to take on Hebburn on Tuesday, September 27, 7.30pm.