Carl Finnigan earned South Shields a Buildbase FA Trophy replay against Farsley Celtic as his stoppage time penalty secured a 1-1 draw at Throstle Nest.

After substitute Jamie Holmes was brought down in the area, Finnigan made no mistake from the spot as the Mariners finally found a way past goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin, who had thwarted them a number of times with superb saves.

The hosts had looked set to book a place in the second qualifying round after James Walshaw headed in shortly after the hour mark, but a replay was the least Shields deserved from a wind-affected game.

The teams will meet again at Mariners Park on Tuesday, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Shields suffered a blow in the lead-up to the game as Jon Shaw and Matty Pattison were both ruled out through injuries.

They then had to battle blustery conditions in the first half as they kicked into the wind, but they coped with that well as they got on top early in the proceedings.

Gavin Cogdon had a low shot saved within the first two minutes after a cut-back from Michael Richardson, while McKibbin did brilliantly to keep out a header from Robert Briggs as he clawed the ball to safety.

Another chance fell the way of Cogdon as he raced onto a Richardson pass over the top, but he was also denied by McKibbin as he saved the one-on-one effort.

McKibbin pulled off an even better stop shortly before the 20-minute mark as he pushed a shot from the edge of the box by Briggs over the bar with his fingertips.

There were some opportunities for the hosts, whose main threat was frontman Walshaw.

He headed an impressive right-wing cross by Ryan Watson wide of the target, and had another sight of goal when he controlled the ball on the edge of the box before forcing Liam Connell into a good save.

The sides went in at the break level, and although Shields largely controlled possession in the second half, they struggled to break Farsley down.

The closest they came in the early stages was when Cogdon wriggled his way through from the left, but his powerful effort was beaten to safety by McKibbin.

Against the run of play, Farsley took the lead in the 63rd minute as a cross from the left was met at the near post by Walshaw, who found the bottom corner.

He almost doubled his tally just a minute later as he weaved some space for himself in the area, but his hammer of a shot was tipped over by Connell as he helped to keep his team’s FA Trophy bid alive.

The hosts went close again when substitute Paul Walker forced his way through from the left channel before firing a shot inches wide of the upright.

Shields had been mainly restricted to efforts from distance, and they were becoming increasingly frustrated as the tie edged towards what looked like being a disappointing conclusion.

There was a half-chance when a corner from Briggs bounced in the penalty area, but Dillon Morse was unable to turn it home as his effort was deflected into the hands of McKibbin.

The Mariners still had time to get back on level terms, though, and that happened as the game ticked into stoppage time.

Holmes – who had been introduced from the bench just before the hour mark – went on a superb run from the left and worked his way into a shooting position in the box before being tripped.

The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Finnigan sent McKibbin the wrong way to keep the Mariners in the competition.

They could even have snatched a dramatic winner in stoppage time as a corner dropped the way of Louis Storey, but he was unable to get clean contact on it and McKibbin clutched the ball.

The teams will now have to do it all over again on Tuesday.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter (Nicholson 65), Callaghan (Storey 79), Lough, Morse, Arca (c), Smith (Holmes 59), Briggs, Cogdon, Richardson, Finnigan. Subs not used: Norton, Sullivan.

Goal: Finnigan (pen 90+1).

Attendance: 382.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

South Shields take on Farsley Celtic for the second time in less than a fortnight on Saturday when the two sides go head-to-head in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Shields got the better of Farsley on penalties in the first round of the Integro League Challenge Cup at Mariners Park on Tuesday, October 17, after the teams drew 2-2 after 90 minutes.

They are now set to battle it out for a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Farsley Celtic’s Throstle Nest ground.

The Mariners made it through the preliminary round with a 5-2 victory at Scarborough Athletic, while Farsley had a bye through to the first qualifying round.

Farsley are fourth in the EVO-STIK Premier Division, having won promotion via the play-offs from EVO-STIK North last season.


South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We were pleased with a number of aspects of the game against Jarrow Roofing in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

“A number of those we gave an opportunity to definitely took their chance, and the more players we can have in the squad that are in a bit of form, the better.

“Again, we’ve got some tough decisions to make ahead of what’s going to be a really difficult game at Farsley Celtic on Saturday.

“We played them in the Integro Cup earlier this month, but this time we’re away from home, so that will pose a different test for us.

“Although they fielded quite a few players who had started in their previous league game when they came up here, there will be changes from the team we played against.

“I’ve got no idea what their mentality towards the Integro Cup was, so they may well come with a more serious mentality towards Saturday’s game, I don’t know.

“I don’t think we can take a huge amount from the game we played against them a week or so ago.

“Their position in the table in the EVO-STIK Premier Division doesn’t lie. They’re in the top four and are there for a reason.

“We’ve got to give them respect for that, and are going to have to be at our best to get the right result.”


Farsley Celtic: DLDDWW

South Shields: WWDLWW


The match will kick-off at Throstle Nest – which has a post code of LS28 5BE – at 3pm.

Admission prices are £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for Under-16s. We’d hugely appreciate your support and hope to see you there!


South Shields are hoping that Julio Arca, Jon Shaw and Matty Pattison will be available for the game, with all currently rated as doubtful. Carl Finnigan is expected to return from illness to play a full part, but Adam Hutchinson and Stephen Ramsey remain sidelined.

For Farsley Celtic, Richard Marshall remains sidelined through injury, while Nathan Turner is also a doubt.

South Shields’ EVO-STIK North fixture against Tadcaster Albion has been given another new date.

The match – which was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 14 – was postponed because of the Mariners’ Emirates FA Cup run.

It was initially moved to Tuesday, November 7, but it has now been switched again.

The fixture is now due to take place at Mariners Park on Tuesday, December 5, with a 7.45pm kick-off.