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North Shields v Willington 10/03/2014 17:36
The Robins are at home this Wednesday to the lads from Hall Lane Estate. There should be no problems with the 7.30pm kick off and an entertaining game is in prospect. The visitors have secured a mid table position and are not under the threat of relegation. Shields will be keen to get back on home (flat) soil, so the goals should flow more easily than last Saturday. Let's hope the injury situation has eased and the points stay here north of the Tyne. Whatever happens the weather will be quite pleasant so they say, so why not come along and support your local team. Up the Robins.
Tow Law Town 0 North Shields 0 08/03/2014 19:15
The Robins cemented their position at the top of the table with a valuable point at Tow Law this afternoon. With results generally going our way, this was an excellent result, however, it really should have been three points as a catalogue of chances went begging. We certainly can't have a go at the lads based on the significant number of goals so far but with better luck and more composure Tow Law could have and should have been dead and buried. Of bigger concern were the injuries picked up and it will be a surprise if Hook, Forster and Bainbridge are involved on Wednesday. There were certainly positives to take out of the performance with Michael Robinson back to his best and Parker/Hughes rock solid at the back. Well done to the referee today also who went largely unnoticed and was certainly one of the better recent officials. After last seasons embarrassing reverse, this was certainly a much better showing in the Durham hills. Three successive home games begin on Wednesday with the visit of Willington. Get yourselves along and cheer the lads on.
Tow Law v North Shields 06/03/2014 11:24
Shields make the long and high journey to County Durham on Saturday. A 3pm kick off awaits at The Ironworks ground. A notorious pitch with a wicked slope and camber makes for a very tough game for the visitors. Added to that is of course a very good home team who will be all out to win the points. Shields though appear to be over their slight blip, and will be full of confidence following their win over Thornaby. The scene is set for an enthralling encounter so why not support the lads and hopefully the return of another three points to NE29. Up the Robins.
North Shields 2 Thornaby 0 - Full Time 05/03/2014 22:10
The Robins made it six points in four days against Tees clubs as Thornaby were tonight sent back down the A19 with no points. Shields were made to work hard for this victory against a much improved outfit. The first 45 minutes were even from a possession point of view, however, it was the hosts who were creating the better opportunities with Dan Smart going close a couple of times early on. The second half remained pretty even until a calamitous error from the visiting keeper handed the Robins a slender lead. With little immediate danger, the keeper called for a cross but in all honesty was never anywhere near it and that man Bainbridge headed into an unguarded net. The points were made safe when one on one Bainbridge notched again as a cool finish was rolled into the bottom corner. Although not at their best, Shields did what they had to and at this stage of the season, points are far more important than performances. With West Allotment losing at home, it has been a pretty good evening for the lads. Next up is Tow Law away this coming Saturday, 3pm.
North Shields v Thornaby FC 04/03/2014 13:23
Shields are at home again this Wednesday with a 7.45pm kick off against Thornaby. It was normal service on Saturday as The Robins fought well against a very good Norton side. It's another tough game next as Thornaby are much improved from their early season form with the introduction of several new players. Manager Graham Fenton will hope that Michael McKeown will be fit to return following his injury. Dean Holmes faces a fitness test for this one though. Whatever happens lets hope the lads march on with another three points to sustain that important lead at the top of the table. Up the Robins.
North Shields 3 Norton & Stockton Ancients 2. 01/03/2014 19:08
CONGRATULATIONS TO ADAM FORSTER WHO WAS MAN OF THE MATCH, NOMINATED BY COMMERCIAL MANAGER MARK SCOTT ON BEHALF OF OUR MATCH SPONSOR FORREST RESEARCH
The Robins silenced their doubters this afternoon as a tremendous battling performance ensured a season double was completed over Norton & Stockton Ancients. The visitors have provided two extremely tough tests this season and if they miss out on promotion this season, will certainly be in the mix next year. The Robins started with purpose as they tried to bounce back from two away defeats in the last week. However, it was not until later in the first half when the deadlock was broken as a long range Kieran Wrightson effort deflected and nestled into the visitors net. No sooner had the game restarted and our visitors were level with one of the best goals of the season by an opposition player in NE29 as a peach of an effort left Tom Courtney stranded. The main talking points were in the second half as the 159 crowd were thoroughly entertained. The visitors were reduced to 10 men as a shot struck a defender from close range and a penalty awarded. After much dispute the red card was shown but a poor Gareth Bainbridge penalty kept the scores level. However, the 10 men were breached when a bullet header from John Parker restored the Robins advantage. The battling qualities of Norton resulted in the game being brought back to 2-2, although a shocking decision by the referee allowed a foul on Kevin Hughes to go unpunished in the build up. The officials should have nightmares about their performance as a blatant first half penalty appeal was also waved away as Gareth Bainbridge was fouled. Norton will have their own long list of grievances. However, on a more positive note our goal machine made up for his penalty miss as a cool finish from the Ultra's side of the penalty box found the net and was deliriously celebrated by all Robins in the ground.This was a tremendous advert for Northern League football but more importantly, three crucial points for Shields. Next up is Thornaby at home this coming Wednesday, 7.45pm.
North Shields v Norton & Stockton Ancients - Preview 27/02/2014 10:10
The Robins will look to put a disappointing week behind them on Saturday when Norton & Stockton Ancients head to NE29, 3pm. It is vital that the lads get back on the winning trail and prove that this team is made of stronger stuff than the team of recent seasons. This will be a very difficult 90 minutes as Norton are a very good side and pushed the Robins all the way on Teeside earlier in the season. Let's hope we score some goals and bounce back in the way we know this group of lads can. With clubs around and about getting excited about our recent form, let's get behind the team and prove what we are all about. The season is over 9 months not two games and on this basis, we are still very much in the driving seat.
Brandon United 1 North Shields 0. 27/02/2014 07:53
Congratulations to Brandon after their win last night. It is they who now host Whitehaven in the next round of The League Cup. The home side showed more purpose and interest than their lofty visitors. Shields crashed out following a lacklustre and bitterly disappointing performance.