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North Shields 1 Shildon AFC 0 (15/09/2018) – Robins make it three wins from three in dominant performance

The Robins made it three wins from three as Ryan Carr’s strike in the first half was enough to see off Shildon.

A closely fought first half was topped off when Carr’s shot from outside the area struck the inside of the post before deflecting in.

Chances were few and far between in the second period, but Greg Purvis had to be alert to deny Keith Graydon from range late on.

However, the visitors rarely threatened, and the Robins held on for all three points.

After a quiet opening couple of minutes, Shildon were the first to try their luck on goal when captain James Harwood connected with a cross. However, his attempt struck the crossbar; much to the relief of the Robins support.

The Robins finally got going in the tenth minute when a fantastic touch from Gary Day released Jordan Summerly in on goal, only for the fullback’s shot to deflect to safety off the keeper’s legs.

Debutant Curtis Coppen, who had returned to the Robins from Blyth AFC, nearly scored a debut goal when his headed effort from a corner whistled narrowly over the crossbar in the 20th minute.

Paul Robinson was the next to try his luck on goal but after cutting inside of his marker, his curled effort in the 26th minute drew a fantastic save from Shildon keeper Shaun Newbrook.

As the first half went on, it was a wonder how the Robins hadn’t scored the opening goal; with Day almost nodding in from a Jack Donnison cross.

However, with seconds left in the half, Carr turned his marker 20 yards out from goal before striking the ball against the bottom of the post. Thankfully, the ball bounced into the goal and gave the Robins their deserved lead.

Six minutes into the second half, Ben Trotter came within a whisker of levelling the score, only for his thunderous shot to loop inches over the crossbar.

Then, in the 64th minute, Harwood’s dangerous low cross was deflected narrowly beyond the left-hand post.

The Robins were throwing themselves forward in search of a second goal and if not for an excellent save from the Shildon shot-stopper, Day would have scored his sixth goal in six games.

From the resulting corner, Gary Ormston towered above his marker, only to direct the ball onto the fingertips on Newbrook.

With the Shildon defence tiring, substitute Matty Cornish carved his way past the static bodies to fire a shot on goal, only for Newbrook to ensure that Shildon still had a slim chance of rescuing a point.

They almost did that with the last kick of the game, however, Graydon’s effort from 30 yards out drew a smart save from the otherwise untested Greg Purvis.

This victory lifts North Shields up the eighth in the Northern League Division One table, with their match against ninth-placed Stockton Town coming up next weekend.