By Daniel Prince
Jon King said he was “proud” of his South Shields players after they thrashed Thornaby 6-0 at Peterlee.
The Mariners were rampant in Saturday’s Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture, and goals from Stephen Ramsey, Steven Graham, Chris Feasey, David Molloy and Paul Kane (2) put the visitors to the sword.
In fact, the scoreline could have been even more comprehensive, leaving King to reflect on a “fantastic” day at Eden Lane.
He said: “It was fantastic – a great result, and we could have scored a lot more, as we had three or four cleared off the line.
“I was proud of the lads: we had five different scorers and kept a clean sheet against a decent side.
“I knew it was all going to click into place for us in a game at some point, when everything would go right for us and we would give someone a good beating.
“I did think we would beat someone like that at some point.
“We had been a bit unlucky in the games we lost with a few things, but everything went right for us against Thornaby.”
Shields’ crushing win over Thornaby ensured they capitalised on the momentum gained from last Monday’s draw at Hebburn Town, when they came from two goals behind late on.
King now feels the fans are fully behind his team, which seems to be growing game-by-game.
He added: “The dressing room was great at the end of the game.
“People came up at the end and said to the lads how proud they were of them.
“They are right behind them, so the lads need to keep it up.
“It could be an enjoyable season, but we are not going to get carried away and say we are going to win the league or anything like that.”
Kane was particularly impressive for Shields after coming on as a first half substitute.
He had only completed a return from Washington earlier in the week, but slotted straight in and capped the game off with the final two goals.
King was delighted with the forward, and said: “It was great to get Paul back in, and he did very well – he could even have scored another couple.
“Stevie Graham got a goal in his second game since coming back to us, which was great to see.
“Davie Molloy was unplayable, and all the lads were excellent, including the goalkeeper, Aidan Grant.
“He had nothing much to do, but you can switch off when you are so dominant.
“He made a great save at 2-0, which is always a dangerous scoreline.
“It could quite easily have been a different story if he didn’t make that save.
“It was a really good team performance.”
Shields will look to follow up the Thornaby win when they take on Tow Law Town in another league fixture at Peterlee on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.
By Philip Reay
South Shields earned their biggest league win for five years with a 6-0 defeat of Thornaby at Eden Lane on Saturday.
Shields started the game on the front foot, and their early pressure was rewarded on five minutes.
Chris Locke won the ball deep in his own half before releasing David Molloy on the right flank. Molloy turned past his marker before crossing the ball into the box, and Stephen Ramsey continued his good form in front of goal to fire in from close range.
Shields continued to dominate possession, and on the quarter-hour Chris Feasey outpaced his marker before crossing the ball to Ramsey. He laid the ball off for Steven Graham, but his 20-yard drive was well saved by goalkeeper Justin Hutchinson.
On 20 minutes, the Mariners again went close. Feasey floated a free-kick into the Thornaby box towards James Talbot, but his header flew inches wide of the upright.
Shields doubled their advantage three minutes later when a long throw from Colin White was met by Graham at the back post. His bullet header flew past Hutchinson into the back of the net.
From the restart, Thornaby pressed forward, and were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Veteran striker Jamie Clarke fired the ball towards goal, but was denied by Shields keeper Aidan Grant.
On the half-hour, James Pickering outpaced the Thornaby defence before crossing to Molloy. He twisted and turned inside the box to beat three men, but his shot was smothered by Hutchinson. This was to be Pickering’s last contribution to the game as a hamstring injury saw him replaced by Paul Kane.
Shields maintained the pressure on the visitors’ defence, and with five minutes remaining in the first half, they were awarded a free-kick on the angle of the box.
Feasey curled the ball round the defensive wall and Hutchinson initially fumbled it, but at the second attempt he claimed the ball to deny Feasey his first goal of the season.
From the clearance, Daniel Lofts collected the ball wide on the right and turned away from his marker before crossing the ball for Daniel Lambert, but he was denied by a superb point blank save by Grant.
In the final action of the half, Talbot fired a 20-yard shot at goal, only to be denied by a good save from Hutchinson, and the sides left the field with Shields holding a deserved two-goal advantage.
As in the first half, the home side started the second half on the front foot, and with the half five minutes old, Feasey further extended the Shields advantage.
He collected the ball wide on the left and jinked past the defence before firing a shot in off the post.
On the hour, Callum Wilson collected the ball in space in the centre of the park, and rifled a shot towards goal that was spectacularly tipped round the post by Grant.
Within five minutes, the South Shields pressure was again rewarded.
Feasey again tormented the Thornaby defence on the left flank before playing the ball towards Molloy on the edge of the box. He instantly flicked the ball over the head of the advancing keeper to put Shields four goals to the good.
The Mariners won the ball back from the restart and Kane advanced on goal, but his shot from the angle of the box curled just wide of the post.
With 15 minutes remaining, Kane was rewarded for his efforts. Ramsey floated the ball over the Thornaby defence, and Kane raced past the defenders to collect the ball and drive it past the keeper to give Shields a five-goal advantage.
They then spurned a further two chances as Kane first had his shot blocked and then headed a ball towards goal that just cleared the bar.
With two minutes remaining, Kane doubled his tally to put Shields six goals to the good. He collected the ball 20 yards from goal and volleyed the ball past Hutchinson.
Shields are next in action on Tuesday night when they entertain Tow Law Town at Peterlee. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Grant, Locke (Houshby), Feasey, White, Halliday, Graham (Maitland), Talbot, Smith (c), Ramsey, Molloy, Pickering (Kane).
Goals: Ramsey (5), Graham (23), Feasey (50), Molloy (66), Kane (73, 88).
By Daniel Prince
South Shields welcome Thornaby to Eden Lane tomorrow (Saturday) for an Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture.
Shields go into the game in good shape after coming from two goals down to draw with South Tyneside rivals Hebburn Town on Monday.
That took the club’s tally so far this season to five points from six games, and tomorrow they come up against a side on seven points from five matches.
In Stephen Ramsey and David Molloy, the Mariners have two forwards in good form.
Ramsey scored both of Shields’ late goals at Hebburn on Monday, including the equaliser two minutes into second half stoppage time.
Molloy, meanwhile, has notched four times in six games, helping Shields average two goals a game so far this season.
Mariners manager Jon King is expecting a difficult game at Peterlee against Thornaby, who have been involved in some high-scoring encounters so far this campaign.
King said: “Thornaby are a good side with two very good forwards in Gerard Livingstone and Joseph Melvin.
“They went to Seaham Red Star last week and beat them 4-1, and we had two good games against them last season.
“I didn’t think they were great when we went down there early in the season, but later on when we played them at our place, I thought they were good.
“They were well-organised, fit and got stuck in.
“If we are not right mentally, we’ll get done, but we certainly will be up for it, and hopefully we’ll have a few lads back available again.”
Aron Burn is unavailable for Shields as he is on holiday, while Barry Marshall is also away.
Lee Maitland is battling to be fit after injury, while Andy Renton (illness) and David Halliday (work commitments) should both be available again for the Mariners.
Goalkeeper Brett Wilson, though, is suspended for the match, which kicks off at 3pm.