NORTH Shields Girls Under-10s eventually got into gear to overcome Montague and North Fenham to win their latest fixture and keep the pressure on title favourites Bedlington.
Katie Barker scored five as Shields recovered from a slow start to keep the pressure on at the top of the league with a 9-1 win.
Jasmine Stephenson grabbed a couple of goals with the other strikes coming from Emily Pearson and Nicole Gardener.
The scoreline seemed unlikely after a slow start from Shields, however, the girls responded to the coach’s request to up the tempo and four goals quickly followed as Shields found their rhythm.
Elizabeth Tait and Brooke Patterson kept the Montague forwards in check after a spectacular free kick had given them brief hope, but with the game won both girls pushed forward in search of goals.
Daisy Rowe came close to scoring before Gardener got a deserved goal to finish the scoring.