Bell happy with attacking intent

By Daniel Prince

South Shields assistant manager Lee Bell was delighted with the attacking intent his side showed in last night’s 5-3 win at Brandon United.

Shields earned a commanding 4-0 lead before a late fightback by the home side caused some nerves for the Mariners.

Paul Kane and James Talbot both scored twice, while David Molloy grabbed the other Shields goal as they made it four wins in a row in all competitions and moved up to sixth in Ebac Northern League Division Two.

Bell was unhappy with the way Brandon were allowed back into the game, but said he was “very happy” to get the win.

He said: “I was very happy with the attacking side of the game, but I was a little bit disappointed with the lack of control at the back.

“I’m very happy with the result, but disappointed with the amount of goals we conceded, especially in such a short period of time.

“Going forward, though, we were very good, and Kaney got another two goals.

“He has been a breath of fresh air since he came back, but it’s not just him.

“Davey Molloy is dangerous every time he gets the ball and is difficult to play against, and when Stephen Ramsey was on the ball, he never gave it away, and when he was in front of goal, he looked dangerous.”

Talbot grabbed two second half goals for the Mariners after being switched from right-back to right midfield at half-time.

Bell was delighted with the impact he made, and has praised the youngster’s attitude so far this season.

He added: “Tally was actually released in pre-season.

“He came back with a new mindset after pre-season, saying ‘I want to get back in’.

“Fair play to him – he has come back and really proved a point, and he’s one of our best players at the moment.”

Bell feels there is a real “positivity” in the dressing room at Shields, but is expecting a tough game against Chester-le-Street Town at Peterlee on Saturday.

He said: “You can’t knock the form, and the positivity in the changing room is there to be seen. There is lots of positivity.

“I was a little bit negative in the changing room at the end, but there is always a positive message there.

“We’ve got a tough game on Saturday, though, and Jordan Fraser will be out to prove a point against his old club, and I believe he is playing up front for them.

“We’ll see what they’ve got to bring us, and I think it will be an interesting game.”