King reflects on Thornaby thrashing

By Daniel Prince

Jon King said he was “proud” of his South Shields players after they thrashed Thornaby 6-0 at Peterlee.

The Mariners were rampant in Saturday’s Ebac Northern League Division Two fixture, and goals from Stephen Ramsey, Steven Graham, Chris Feasey, David Molloy and Paul Kane (2) put the visitors to the sword.

In fact, the scoreline could have been even more comprehensive, leaving King to reflect on a “fantastic” day at Eden Lane.

He said: “It was fantastic – a great result, and we could have scored a lot more, as we had three or four cleared off the line.

“I was proud of the lads: we had five different scorers and kept a clean sheet against a decent side.

“I knew it was all going to click into place for us in a game at some point, when everything would go right for us and we would give someone a good beating.

“I did think we would beat someone like that at some point.

“We had been a bit unlucky in the games we lost with a few things, but everything went right for us against Thornaby.”

Shields’ crushing win over Thornaby ensured they capitalised on the momentum gained from last Monday’s draw at Hebburn Town, when they came from two goals behind late on.

King now feels the fans are fully behind his team, which seems to be growing game-by-game.

He added: “The dressing room was great at the end of the game.

“People came up at the end and said to the lads how proud they were of them.

“They are right behind them, so the lads need to keep it up.

“It could be an enjoyable season, but we are not going to get carried away and say we are going to win the league or anything like that.”

Kane was particularly impressive for Shields after coming on as a first half substitute.

He had only completed a return from Washington earlier in the week, but slotted straight in and capped the game off with the final two goals.

King was delighted with the forward, and said: “It was great to get Paul back in, and he did very well – he could even have scored another couple.

“Stevie Graham got a goal in his second game since coming back to us, which was great to see.

“Davie Molloy was unplayable, and all the lads were excellent, including the goalkeeper, Aidan Grant.

“He had nothing much to do, but you can switch off when you are so dominant.

“He made a great save at 2-0, which is always a dangerous scoreline.

“It could quite easily have been a different story if he didn’t make that save.

“It was a really good team performance.”

Shields will look to follow up the Thornaby win when they take on Tow Law Town in another league fixture at Peterlee on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.