Goal threat delights King

By Daniel Prince

Jon King is delighted with the goal threat his team has carried so far this season.

The Mariners have won their last two games at an aggregate score of 11-0, with the likes of David Molloy, Stephen Ramsey, Paul Kane and Barrie Smith in fine scoring form.

Shields are the top home goalscorers in Ebac Northern League Division Two with 18 goals, while only one team has scored more overall than the Mariners’ 23.

The addition of Kane from Washington last week – almost a year after he left the Mariners – particularly satisfied King, who is pleased with his side’s “firepower”.

King said: “The forwards are scoring goals, and Paul Kane will give them competition.

“We lacked a bit of firepower last season, but we’ve certainly got it this time around.

“I never wanted to lose him in the first place to Washington, but if he’s one-on-one, he very rarely misses.

“It was great to get him back in.”

King has spoken in the past of his belief that Molloy and Ramsey can push each other to greater heights this season.

Kane has now joined the ranks to add another threat for Shields, and King is confident the trio will continue causing problems for opposition defences, having scored six goals between them in two games so far.

The Mariners boss added: “Paul has played in this league for a few years, so he has got experience.

“He’s still quite young, and he gets goals.

“He is strong and can create goals, so he will bring experience and goals to us.

“You always need goals, and with him, Molloy and Ramsey, we have plenty of firepower. He will put pressure on the other two.”

The next team in the trio’s sights is Willington, who Shields face in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday) at Peterlee. Kick-off at Eden Lane is at 3pm.