Lee Picton has praised Lee Mason’s outstanding goalscoring form and revealed the forward was substituted as a precaution against North Ferriby United.
Mason’s New Year’s Day brace made it seven goals in his last four appearances.
His excellent form has coincided with the birth of his daughter Matilda, who was born prior to the game at Lancaster City on December 22.
Mason was brought off just before the hour mark against North Ferriby, but joint manager Picton insists there is nothing much to be concerned about.
He said: “We’re delighted with Lee’s form.
“We’ve got a bit of a running joke with him at the moment that we drag him off every time he gets two goals.
“He was feeling his hamstring a little bit at half-time on Tuesday so we erred on the side of caution.
“Lee’s form has been fantastic and you particularly want players at the top end of the pitch to be firing on all cylinders, which he has certainly been doing for us over the last few weeks.
“It makes it really difficult for us to not pick players like Lee when they’re in that kind of form.
“Great credit to Lee, because in his personal life he has had a lot going on over the last few weeks.
“To come into the football environment and give the level of performance that he has consistently over the last month has been brilliant.”
Mason was withdrawn with Shields leading 3-0, but a flurry of goals after the substitution led to the home side winning 6-2.
Picton is hoping it will prove to be a lesson learned for the Mariners as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Witton Albion.
He added: “We talked in the dressing room before the game and at half-time on Tuesday about trying to create an us vs us mentality.
“Ferriby struggled a little bit and we dominated the game pretty much in its entirety, and the challenge for us is to try to keep our levels as high as we can through the different phases of the game.
“I thought we did that pretty well for 65 to 70 minutes, but unfortunately for the last 20-25 minutes we became sloppy and conceded two really poor goals.
“Fingers crossed that in what is likely to be a tight league this season, that doesn’t cost us when we look back at the end of the season.”