South Shields striker Warren Byrne has joined Seaham Red Star on loan for two months.
The move is to allow the popular player to get additional game-time in the Northern League after being restricted to six substitute appearances so far this season.
Warren could play for Red Star – who he initially joined Shields from in 2015 – in their game at Guisborough Town tonight.
Last season was an incredible one for the striker, who scored 31 times in 43 appearances in all competitions as the Mariners surged to the Northern League Division Two title.
Several spectacular strikes were included in that tally, including his now legendary goal against Tow Law Town, which earned him the Budweiser Dream Goal prize.
The club wishes Warren all the very best for the next two months, with the striker due to return to Mariners Park at the end of November.
South Shields enjoyed complete domination as they thrashed Jarrow Roofing 5-0 to claim the spoils in the South Tyneside derby.
While completely shutting out the Roofers at one end, Shields wreaked havoc at the other to move back to the top of Northern League Division One.
Four of the Mariners’ goals were scored in the second half as they made their possession count, delighting a crowd of 1,172 at Mariners Park.
Shields battled their way into a winning position in the first half, having enjoyed much of the play.
On his home debut, Luke Hannant struck a shot wide from distance early on, while David Carson, Barrie Smith and Wayne Phillips all had decent attempts.
The Mariners almost got the goal they deserved in the 25th minute when Carl Finnigan was played in behind, but after away goalkeeper Andrew Jennison parried his initial shot, the striker was also denied when his rebound was cleared off the line.
Finnigan claimed the ball was over the line, but the officials waved away home appeals.
Hannant, who was very bright, curled an effort just wide after cutting in from the left, and it felt a goal was on its way for Shields.
Eventually, it came on the half-hour mark when David Carson danced past two defenders on the edge of the box before firing an excellent shot into the bottom corner.
In the second half, Shields were even more dominant as they really started to press home their advantage.
Within a minute of the restart, a fine move led to a shot from Carson which was excellently kept out by Jennison.
At the other end, Liam Connell was called into action for the first time on his home debut when a cross from Calvin Smith caused problems and was excellently palmed away by the goalkeeper.
Other than that, Shields were rarely troubled, with Roofing not having a shot of note. Makeshift defender Jon Shaw and Dillon Morse were solid at the back for the hosts.
The second goal arrived on 52 minutes and was very well-worked, with Finnigan finishing it off with a low drive across the goalkeeper after being played in by Robert Briggs.
The Mariners were rampant at this stage, and Hannant almost added to the scoring when he nicked the ball from Jennison before touching it wide.
Within seconds, it was three for Shields when another fine through ball played in Finnigan, who produced a similar finish for his second of the night.
Paul Chow had his first sniff of goal for the Roofers on the hour mark, but Connell was quick to sense the danger and clutched the ball before a shot could be made.
Gavin Cogdon was brought on in place of Finnigan with half an hour left, and produced some moments of outstanding quality.
One of them came when he dribbled from the halfway line before teasing Roofing’s defence and then almost beating the goalkeeper, before chipping an effort which Jennison did well to hold.
The fourth goal came with 13 minutes left when Hannant brought the ball inside from the left before firing a low effort from 20 yards which squirmed under Jennison and into the net.
Cogdon got in on the act towards the end when fellow substitute David Palmer dinked the ball across the six-yard area, and the striker’s header was palmed into the air by Jennison before dropping in.
Shields will aim to replicate this type of performance in the coming weeks, with Sunderland RCA to visit Mariners Park on Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Smith, Danny Carson, David Carson, Morse, Shaw (Baxter 71), Hannant, Scroggins (c), Finnigan (Cogdon 61), Briggs, Phillips (Palmer 82). Subs not used: Carmichael, Riding.
Goals: David Carson (30), Finnigan (52, 53), Hannant (78), Cogdon (86).
JARROW ROOFING: Jennison, Hughes (Bailey 79), White, Purewal, Kirkup (c), Marshall, Vipond, Smith, Mackay (Sakr 46), Chow, Myers (Hedley 67). Subs not used: Hay, Williamson.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
Jarrow Roofing are the visitors to Mariners Park on Tuesday as South Tyneside’s two Northern League Division One sides go head-to-head.
The 7.30pm kick-off will be a clash between two teams in good form, with South Shields unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, while Roofing have won their last three.
The Roofers’ return to form has coincided with the appointment of Mark Collingwood as joint manager alongside club supremo Richie McLoughlin.
Shields joint manager Lee Picton is looking forward to locking horns with former team-mate Paul Chow at Mariners Park.
The pair were team-mates at Whitley Bay, and won the FA Vase together at Wembley in both 2009 and 2010.
Chow is still a regular goalscorer for Roofing.
Picton said: “There are a couple of lads there who I know personally, and I’m hoping Mr Chow has a quiet game.
“We’ve got to come out of the blocks well. I was a little bit disappointed with how we started on Saturday at Esh Winning, but hopefully we’ll hit the ground running on Tuesday and get the crowd behind us early doors.
“I think the grass is going to be a little bit shorter, so hopefully we can move the ball around a bit quicker and start to click into gear.”
Shields are hopeful that their injury situation is slowly starting to clear.
It remains to be seen whether Julio Arca and David Foley will be available for this fixture, while Craig Baxter is expected to return.
A fresh blow for the Mariners, though, is an ankle injury picked up by left-back Ewan Simpson which is expected to keep him out for about a fortnight.
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