Assistant manager Gary Middleton was full of praise for the South Shields players after they earned a 1-0 FA Vase win after extra-time at Consett on Tuesday.
Adam Sakr struck the winner 14 minutes into the additional 30 as the Mariners booked a third round tie at home to Morpeth Town.
In the video above, Middleton discusses the game at Consett, and the “superb” backing given to the team by the big travelling support.
He also reveals which player he felt was “immense”, and looks ahead to returning to the “bread and butter” of league action against Crook Town on Saturday.
VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
Adam Sakr scored a dramatic extra-time winner as South Shields marched on in the FA Vase with a 1-0 victory at Consett.
The two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes, but Sakr struck 14 minutes into the additional 30 to spark scenes of wild celebration among the hundreds of visiting supporters.
Consett became the Mariners’ third Northern League Division One scalp in the competition, and they will host leaders Morpeth Town in the next round.
Shields – who have now won their last 18 games – had started strongly, but both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities in the first half.
The Mariners suffered a blow on 24 minutes when Julio Arca was forced off with a dead leg, but his replacement Sakr proved to be very influential.
Consett should have taken a lead into half-time, but Michael Mackay somehow fired over after beating Scott Pocklington to the ball in front of goal.
Earlier on, Wayne Phillips had curled a free-kick just over for the Mariners.
In the second half, another good Shields chance came and went when David Foley’s effort across goal was cut out and then Phillips headed wide.
Another massive opportunity fell to Foley as he was played in on goal, but goalkeeper Peter Jeffries kept out his effort.
Shields’ big travelling support continued to urge their side on, generating a superb atmosphere as the Mariners searched for a winner.
Leepaul Scroggins was the next to miss as he headed over from five yards, and the game appeared destined for extra-time.
However, deep into stoppage time, home substitute Jordan Lavery’s overhead kick appeared destined to go in before it hit the post to keep Shields’ hopes alive.
In the first half of extra-time, Mackay wasted another gilt-edged opportunity to put Consett ahead.
When a shot was cleared off the line, he looked certain to smash the ball into an empty net, but could only fire well over.
He later glanced a header wide, handing Shields the incentive to go on a foray forward of their own.
They punished their hosts on 104 minutes as Foley’s drove down the left and then sent in a superb cross which was met by the determined Sakr in the centre as he forced the ball home.
The Mariners held out for the narrow victory to spark more superb scenes as players, staff and supporters celebrated together.
Shields’ incredible winning run therefore continued, and they will look to make it 19 victories in a row on Saturday when they take on Crook Town at Mariners Park in the league.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Turner, Hall, Galpin, Arca (Sakr 24), Foley, Scroggins, Byrne (Ramsey 112), Briggs, Phillips. Subs not used: Young, Bulford, Riding.
Goal: Sakr (104).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
A potential tie with Northern League Division One leaders Morpeth Town is the incentive for South Shields as they travel to Consett in the FA Vase tonight.
The original match between the sides was postponed on Saturday due to snow and ice at Consett’s Belle View ground.
However, tonight’s game is expected to beat the weather, giving Shields an opportunity to claim an 18th consecutive win.
They are sure to face a difficult test against Consett, though, who are ninth in Division One. The winners are likely to host Morpeth in round three, with 1874 Northwich unable to field a team in their rearranged round two clash on Wednesday.
Shields manager Jon King said: “We’ve already beaten Washington and Bishop Auckland in the competition, but this will be our toughest game so far.
“We’ll go into the tie as underdogs, but Consett have an artificial pitch, and that should suit us as we have some very good footballers.
“If you want to go far in this competition, you’ve got to beat the best teams somewhere along the line, so this is another tough one for us.
“Consett are a very good side with three top forwards, and they have suffered a bit with injuries this season, so I think the mid-table position they’re in at the moment is a bit false.
“They’re one of the top sides in the First Division, and this will certainly be our toughest game of the season so far.”
Mariners left-back Michael Turner left last season’s FA Vase winners North Shields midway through the campaign, just as their run to Wembley was gathering pace.
After missing out on that, his motivation is high.
Turner said: “We all know the priority is to win the league and get out of this division, but a Vase run would be nice, especially for myself having come from North Shields last season.
“I left them just before they started getting to the latter rounds, so it was a bit of a blow to miss out on a trip to Wembley. There would be nothing better than making up for that by going there with South Shields.
“We’ve got to get past Consett before we can even start thinking about anything like that, though, and when you look at their position and their form, it’s obvious that it’s going to be very difficult.
“We know that we’re capable of beating anyone in the competition, and we just need to show that on the day.”
Lewis Teasdale remains suspended for Shields for the 7.30pm kick-off. The post code for the ground is DH8 7BF.