By Daniel Prince. Picture by Peter Talbot.

Stephen Ramsey’s header handed South Shields a deserved victory in the Bank Holiday South Tyneside derby at Hebburn Town on Monday.

Ramsey’s third goal in three games arrived after 19 minutes, and was enough to send the Mariners back to the top of the Ebac Northern League Division Two table.

The Mariners dominated possession, and Ramsey had the first chance of the game, with his shot from six yards excellently blocked by Christopher Smith.

Ramsey also sent a header over after a superb cross from Adam Curry, while Jonny Wightman had a shot saved before former Mariner James Talbot drilled wide at the other end.

The hosts created a good opportunity soon after, but after good work from Talbot down the right, Channon North missed his cross, and Glen Hargrave then fired into the side netting.

Shields went ahead on 19 minutes when Robert Briggs lifted a free-kick into the box from 40 yards, and Ramsey got there first to head the ball up and over goalkeeper Phil Holgate from 10 yards.

Warren Byrne shot narrowly wide three minutes later after good work from Gilberto Chapim and Briggs, while at the other end, Shaun Reay could only fire wide after a pull-back from North.

Ramsey headed past the post from a Briggs corner, and Shields also started the second half strongly in front of a big travelling support at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.

Byrne had an effort blocked, while Holgate did well to smother a header from Lewis Galpin.

Wightman – who had a particularly impressive game – was the next to go close as he dribbled inside from the left before shooting just past the upright.

Byrne narrowly failed to convert a Wightman cross as Shields looked to put the game to bed, and substitute Aris Lokonga Guerin also sent a header wide late on.

Hebburn had struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities, with Shields goalkeeper Gareth Young not having a save to make.

The home side’s first real chance arrived on 90 minutes when Alan Pegram’s cross from the right was headed wide by substitute Kyle Morris.

Andrew McIntosh also drilled wide three minutes into stoppage time, but Young was again not tested as Shields claimed all three points.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, with Easington Colliery the visitors to Mariners Park for a 3pm kick-off.

HEBBURN TOWN: Holgate, Summers, Toward, Pegram, Smith, Scott, Talbot (Feasey 66), Malley, Reay (McIntosh 80), North (c), Hargrave (Morris 83). Subs not used: Bickerstaff, Henderson.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Young, Smith, Curry, Galpin, Riding, Chapim, Wightman, Scroggins (c), Ramsey (Melvin 70), Byrne (Guerin 80), Briggs. Subs not used: Connor, Turner, Heptinstall.

Goals: Ramsey (19).

By Daniel Prince

South Shields manager Jon King feels the club’s travelling supporters could make a big difference in Monday’s derby at Hebburn Town.

Shields – who saw Saturday’s game against Ryhope CW at Mariners Park abandoned after four minutes because of a serious injury sustained by Adam Sakr – will make the short trip to the Hebburn Sports & Social Ground for an 11am kick-off.

The match will see two of the sides who will be aiming for promotion from Ebac Northern League Division Two this season go head-to-head.

In last season’s fixture between the teams at Hebburn, the Mariners snatched a point with two Stephen Ramsey goals in the final 16 minutes.

Manager King – who previews the game in the video above – felt Shields’ fans made a big difference on that day, and believes that can again be the case on Monday.

He said: “It’s a big derby game. Hebburn are one of the favourites for the league, and did very well last season. They were unfortunate to miss out.

“It will be a good game, and I’m sure we’ll have a good attendance. To get three points there would be great.

“Speaking to people who were there on Saturday, and a lot of my friends, I think there’s going to be a good attendance from the South Shields public.

“It’s great for the lads to get backing, and I’m sure we’ll have that. Hopefully they’ll be there in their numbers and hopefully cheer us onto a victory.”

Shields are expected to welcome back Jonny Wightman and Warren Byrne for Monday’s game, but Sakr and David Foley will miss out.

The fixture could see the Mariners come up against two of last season’s most prominent performers, with Chris Feasey and James Talbot both having joined Hebburn from Shields in the summer.

Chris Locke also made the same switch, but is expected to miss out on Monday with a dislocated shoulder.

Talbot, though, who was Shields’ top appearance maker last season, and Feasey, who made 270 appearances for the club, could line up against the Mariners.

King added: “Chris Feasey was a good servant for the club and James Talbot did well for us last season, so it will be good to see those lads.

“Chris Locke dislocated his shoulder, so he’ll probably be out, but I’m sure he’ll be in attendance.

“It will be good to see the lads, but let’s get one thing straight – we’re there to win three points.

“It’s a game that we want to do really well in, and I’m sure Scott Oliver will want the same for his team.”

The club would greatly appreciate all support at the game.

To find the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground, drive on Western Approach (A194), and continue to follow the A194 through Newcastle Road and Leam Lane. When prompted at a roundabout, take the third exit onto Mill Lane (B1306), and turn right onto Victoria Road West (A185). Hebburn Sports and Social Ground is half a mile along, on the left.

The nearest Metro station to the ground is Hebburn. When you exit the station, walk up Station Road past Hebburn Shopping Centre and then turn right onto Victoria Road West. Hebburn Sports and Social Ground is a five-minute walk and is on the right. Turnstile access is available on North Drive, just past the back of the Main Stand.

South Shields club stalwart Richard Bailey enjoyed a day to remember at Mariners Park on Saturday – despite the game against Ryhope CW being abandoned after four minutes.

Richard, who attended his first Shields match 70 years ago this week, was in for a surprise ahead of kick-off.

The two teams formed a guard of honour for Richard, who shook the hands of all of the Mariners players before being presented with a bottle and card by vice-chairman Gary Crutwell.

You can watch the guard of honour and presentation in the video above, while there are a series of pictures below, and available here: In Pictures – Richard Bailey’s special day. All images are by Peter Talbot.

Everyone at South Shields FC would like to thank Richard – who has been a supporter, assistant secretary, committee member and now vice-president over the years – for his continued support and service.


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