King hails Mariners’ resilience

By Daniel Prince

Jon King has praised the never-say-die attitude of his South Shields players after yet another late goal on Tuesday.

Debutant Peter Henderson scored with four minutes remaining to earn the Mariners a deserved point in a 2-2 draw with promotion-chasing West Allotment Celtic, continuing something which has become a nice habit for King’s side.

Last Saturday, a stoppage time goal saw Shields take a 2-1 win at Esh Winning, while a week earlier a 2-2 draw at Chester-le-Street Town was earned in injury time.

That means the Mariners have now gained four points in the last four minutes of their last three games, which has helped them maintain a record of just one loss in 13 league games and push them up to 12th in the Division Two table.

King was left delighted after yet another late strike, but is eager for his team to start turning draws into wins.

He said: “It is a really good quality to have (scoring late goals).

“We just don’t know when we are beaten and I thought we thoroughly deserved to get something from the game (on Tuesday).

“We were down to 10 men against a very good side (Barrie Smith was sent off just before half-time).

“That is 10 draws now this season.

“I was over the moon with a point on Tuesday, but eight of those draws could have been wins and that’s 16 points dropped. We need to start turning those draws into wins.”