King delighted with Tow Law rout

By Daniel Prince

Manager Jon King spoke of his delight after South Shields thrashed Tow Law Town 5-0 to make it 11 goals in a week without conceding.

King had called on his players to follow-up Saturday’s 6-0 win over Thornaby with another strong performance, and they certainly delivered last night at Peterlee.

The Mariners were 3-0 up at half-time through goals from Paul Kane, Barrie Smith and David Molloy, and strikes from Andy Renton and James Talbot in the second half completed the triumph.

King felt Shields had to come through a difficult 15-minute period in the first half, but thought his side was “outstanding” other than that.

He said: “I split the first half up into three 15-minute blocks at half-time.

“In the first 15 minutes we were outstanding, but you need to score when you’re on top, and we didn’t.

“In the middle 15 minutes, they got more into the game and we couldn’t really get to grips with the extra man they had in midfield.

“When our goalkeeper Aidan Grant was called upon, he made some great saves, and we scored the first goal against the run of play, I thought, and got another one quickly.

“It was a great finish by Paul Kane down on the left-hand side, and that is why he has come to the club.

“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 a great strike from Barrie, and from then, I thought we controlled the last 15 minutes of the first half.”

King had particular praise for Talbot, who lined-up in an unfamiliar right-back role at Peterlee.

Talbot capped off a fine performance with a sensational strike from 35 yards out to complete the scoring, and King said he thought he had an “exceptional” game.

He added: “The pick of the goals was obviously James Talbot’s, and I thought he had an exceptional game at right-back, for a lad that hasn’t played there.

“I asked him to do a job in there, and you would think he had played right full-back all his life.

“The goal just showed everything about us – it was a fantastic goal.

“I thought the front two – Stephen Ramsey and David Molloy – were absolutely outstanding.

“You would hate to play against them if you were a centre-half.

“They are really, really working hard, and they are getting their rewards. I was disappointed for Stephen that he didn’t get a goal – he had one cleared off the line from a header.

“It is another clean sheet for us, though, and another fantastic win.”

David Conroy came on as a late substitute for Shields as he made his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.

King was pleased to see the midfielder return to action, and also had praise for the team and squad as a whole after another fine win.

He said: “It was good to have Davie Conroy back in – I asked him if he’d be OK for the bench, because he told me last week he might be a couple of weeks away.

“He said he was really OK for it, and he went on and did really well. He kept the ball really well and got us away with a couple of attacks.

“Our two centre-halves were outstanding, and Chris Feasey did really well.

“In midfield, Barrie Smith was fantastic, and the front two were brilliant.

“Andy Renton did really well for an hour and got a good goal, and down the left-hand side, Paul Kane has been a breath of fresh air since coming back into the club.

“Overall, it’s all good, and it’s a squad game. We had six or seven lads away for this game, and were still able to put 14 players out there, and 14 players of a good standard.

“I looked at the bench, and if I wanted to make subs, I had three good lads to go on, so happy days.”

Shields will look to continue their fine form on Saturday when they take on Willington at Peterlee in the FA Vase. Kick-off is at 3pm.