King reflects on Ryhope loss

By Daniel Prince

Manager Jon King did not feel South Shields got what they deserved from their performance on Saturday as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Ryhope CW at Peterlee.

Stephen Ramsey’s second half equaliser was not enough for the Mariners, who lost the Ebac Northern League Division Two game when Ryhope struck late on.

King was pleased with his side’s performance, but expressed his disappointment at the defeat.

He said: “We played really well in the game, but the result obviously wasn’t great for us.

“I said recently I’d rather have good results than good performances, so Saturday was disappointing from that perspective.

“Their first goal was a deflected free-kick that trickled over the line, but we got a deserved equaliser and then pushed for the win.

“Other than the first 20 minutes of the match, we had been the better team, and it looked like if anyone was going to go on and win it, it would be us.

“Ryhope were a difficult side to play against, but I thought we passed the ball a lot better and were the better side, and it was totally against the run of play when they scored the winner, which was a poor goal from our perspective.

“We tried to play football the right way on a difficult pitch, and we were the better team, but that doesn’t count for anything in the end.

“At the end, they could have scored a couple more goals when we were pushing for another equaliser, but we at least deserved a point, and their manager felt the same.

“We had two stonewall penalty appeals turned down, but the game has gone now and we move on.”

Ramsey’s goal was one of the real positives from the game for Shields, although he was forced off in the second half with an injury.

The striker also had to be withdrawn in Shields’ previous two games, and King is hopeful the fact the Mariners do not play again until December 20 will help him fully recover.

He added: “Ramma did really well and it was good for him to get a goal, but he is just getting a few niggles at the moment. Hopefully this one-week break will do him the world of good.

“The break gives a few lads, including the likes of Aron Burn, who missed Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury, the chance to get themselves back available.

“It was good to have Adam Ward on Saturday and he came on for his debut, so he will provide extra competition for places at the back.”

One player who came in for praise from King was Craig Roberts, who has shown great ability and versatility since being brought in from Brandon United earlier this season.

He said: “”Craig started at right-back and we moved him across to left-back when Chris Feasey came off.

“He is very versatile, has great pace and works really hard.

“He had another good game on Saturday and made some good runs.

“Right full-back is a good position for him, as wingers can very rarely get away from him because of his pace.”

Shields are next in action on December 20 when they travel to Tow Law Town for a league game.