Shields sign off in front of home fans with a win

Dean Walker fires home for North Shields against Morpeth Town. Picture by Ian Warde.
Dean Walker fires home for North Shields against Morpeth Town. Picture by Ian Warde.

North Shields signed off their home fixtures in style after coming out on top against an in-form Morpeth last Wednesday.

Twice the Shieldsmen led in the first period only to be quickly pegged back on each occasion.

A sound second half performance from Graham Fenton’s side however secured a 14th home win in 21 attempts this campaign.

Shields lined up without their goal predator whilst Morpeth’s hotshot and ex-Robin Michael Chilton took a place on the bench and former North Shields Player of the Year David Hiftle wore the No.3 shirt for the Highwaymen.

With Gareth Bainbridge watching from the sidelines Shields handed the goalkeeper’s shirt to David Morton who turned out in both epic FA Cup ties against Scarborough Athletic with regulars Michael Robinson and Chris Bannon both injured.

In front of a gate of 564 the hosts led in the 14th minute when a challenge by Morpeth custodian Niall Harrison on Dean Walker resulted in Dean Holmes picking up the loose ball out wide then cutting in to set up Denver Morris who made no mistake.

The lead was short-lived with Ben Sayer rifling in the leveller but undeterred the Robins once more restored their advantage when Walker latched on to a through ball to finish with aplomb.

Morpeth showed just why they have upset some of the top dogs in the League lately by again battling back to restore parity through Jordan Fry.

Morris though was proving a handful for the visiting back line and struck again in the 64th minute with a fine finish from an acute angle.

Eight minutes from the whistle the points were sealed when Holmes was able to coolly round the keeper and jubilantly slot home.

North Shields: Morton, Donnison (Elliott 70), Lancaster, McKeown (Carr 55), Parker, Hughes, Morris, Richardson, Walker (Coppen 78), Wrightson, Holmes. Subs (not used) Grey, Forster.