Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-2 South Shields

Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-2 South Shields

South Shields twice fought back from a goal down to gain a point in their clash at Norton & Stockton Ancients last night.

The Mariners put behind them the disappointment of their FA Vase defeat at the hands of West Auckland to produce a battling performance.

The game couldn’t have started any worse for Jon King’s side as well, going a goal down after just more than a minute.

Norton took the lead when a free-kick was played into the box, eventually hitting the post, and after a goalmouth scramble the Teessiders’ skipper Dale Mulligan fired home.

Shields responded instantly, however, winning a set-piece of their own from the restart.

David Bulman’s free-kick was only partially cleared and Andrew Thompson blasted home from the edge of the area.

After that explosive start, the game settled down, before two goals inside five minutes around the half-hour mark.

First, Gary Mitchell restored the home side’s advantage, but Shields again hit back.

Barrie Smith found Bulman, and his cross was intercepted by the goalkeeper as it looked to reach Stephen Ramsey, only for Tony Burnell to pounce on the loose ball to equalise.

Both sides had chances in the second half, but it remained 2-2 to leave Shields in 15th position.