King praises ‘fantastic’ Shields
By Daniel Prince
Jon King feels everyone in his South Shields side deserves credit for their terrific run of form.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chester-le-Street Town at Peterlee made it five victories in a row for the Mariners ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Northallerton Town.
King was not at Saturday’s game due to other commitments, but was kept informed of everything by assistant Lee Bell.
Adam Sharp’s 80th-minute header earned Shields the three points in the Ebac Northern League Division Two match, extending the club’s winning sequence and keeping them sixth in the table.
The manager was delighted to hear the news of the victory, and in particular the clean sheet – the fifth the Mariners have recorded so far this season.
King said: “It was another fantastic win for us.
“By all accounts, we were the better side, and although we may not have played at our best, it’s even better if you can win when you’re not on top form.
“It was fantastic to get another clean sheet, and it’s good for our goalkeeper Steven Hubery.
“He has just come into the club and has done really well.
“The credit has to go to everybody, though, as it starts from the work-rate of the front two and goes all the way back.”
King has also been happy with the variety of goalscorers Shields have had so far this season.
He added: “Adam Sharp got another goal on Saturday, and I wanted him to get a run-out.
“He’s always a threat in both boxes, as he proved by heading in Colin White’s long throw.
“We’ve got a lot of players in the camp who are scoring goals. We’ve had a variety of scorers so far, which is pleasing.
“We’re also keeping clean sheets – we’ve had five so far this season – so if you’re not conceding many and are scoring plenty at the other end, there’s no secret as to why you’re winning games.”
Shields’ squad has been tight so far this term, with few changes made from game to game.
King feels that – as well as the fact there are many South Shields-born players in the squad – has contributed to the recent run of form.
“The camp is buzzing,” he continued. “We’ve got a settled side, which was a must after last season.
“We’ve got a good group of lads who are committed, and it’s pleasing to have so many local lads.
“We’ve got a lot of lads from South Shields, and everybody is pulling in the same direction.
“We had a couple of important players missing on Saturday, as Lee Maitland was on holiday and Paul Kane couldn’t make it.
“So that’s two big players who weren’t there. That just proves how important it is to have a good squad of about 20 players, with everyone playing a key part.”
King’s side will go in search of a sixth win in a row on Tuesday, with Northallerton the visitors to Peterlee’s Eden Lane for a 7.30pm kick-off.