South Shields 3-1 Willington

South Shields 3-1 Willington

With a much changed squad Shields started the game on the front foot but were unable to break down the Willington defence until the game entered the 10th minute.

Shields were awarded a free kick on the right flank that was fired into the box by Chris Feasey were it was met by Jordan Fraser but his header flew over the bar.

Within a minute the Willington defence was under pressure again as Alan Pegram and Barrie Smith combined to break through the defence but Smith fired his shot wide of the post.

Shields maintained the pressure on the Willington defence and on the ¼ hour Chris Feasey found Barrie Smith in space but his cross into the Willington box was collected by Moffat in the Willington goal.

As the game entered the 20th minute Chris Feasey fired a corner into the Willington box but Luke Olabode headed wide.

From the clearance Luke Richardson collected the ball and he found Alan Pegram in space, Pegram played the ball into the path of Adam Burnicle; Burnicle outpaced the Willington defence but his shot was well saved by Moffat.

Willington were finding it difficult to break out of the half as Shields mounted a series of attacks, on the half hour Barrie Smith turned past his marker before crossing the ball into the box where it was met by David Bulman but his header from close range flew wide of the post.

A minute later the Shields pressure paid dividends; Chris Feasey won the ball on the right before releasing Chris Locke: Locke raced down the right flank before sending a cross come shot that flew over the head of Moffat to give Shields the lead with his first goal for the club.

From the kick off Luke Richardson won the ball before firing a long range shot at goal that flew just wide of the post.

As the first half entered the closing minutes Willington made a rare foray into the Shields half and a Liam Whitworth shot was cleared by Chris Locke and Shields went into the break a goal to the good.

Willington started the second half the quicker of the 2 sides and in the opening minute Mark Foster fired a shot wide of the post

Shields responded instantly as Chris Feasey fired a cross into the box for Adam Burnicle but the Shields striker headed wide.

Shields continued to press forward, Alan Pegram turned past his marker before flicking a shot over the Willington defence that was well saved by Moffat.

Within a minute Shields again pressurised the Willington defence as David Bulman raced down the left flank before crossing to Adam Burnicle at the back post but his header was well saved by Moffat.

Moffat again came to the rescue of Willington as David Bulman collected a ball from Chris Feasey and fired a shot at goal that Moffat tipped round the post for a corner.

On the hour Jon King made his first change of the game as John Toomey replaced Luke Olabode and Toomey was in action instantly as he met a cross from Chris Feasey that was well saved by Moffat.

On 72 mins Willington restored parity as Daniel Lee fired in from close range.

The final 15 mins of normal time were quite frenetic as both sides went in search of a winning goal, Liam Whitworth broke through the Shields defence and only a superb point blank save by Jak Wells kept Shields in the game.

In added time Moffat made a superb save to deny Luke Richardson and the game went into extra time.

In the first minute of extra time Shields were awarded a free kick 0n the edge of the box and with his first touch of the ball substitute Kyle Houshby curled the ball round the defensive wall and in off the post to give Shields the advantage.

Following the goal neither side was able to create a clear scoring opportunity until added time at the end of the game when Willington were awarded a free kick and all of the Willington team pushed forward but Jak Wells collected the ball and fired a clearance to Kyle Houshby wide on the right and he in turn released Adam Burnicle and he made no mistake to give Shields a 3-1 victory.


Jak Wells, Chris Locke, Luke Olabode (John Toomey 61 min), Wayne Clarke, Jordan Fraser, Luke Richardson, Chris Feasey (Gustavo DiLella 68 min), Barrie Smith (Kyle Houshby 90 min), Adam Burnicle, Alan Pegram, David Bulman.