South Shields 2-1 Stokesley
South Shields extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over Stokesley at Peterlee on Saturday.
It was the visitors that started the game on the front foot and on 2 mins were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal on the left; Matthew Robinson fired the ball into the Shields towards Gary Redman but his header was well saved by Jak Wells.
The visitors maintained the pressure on the Shields defence and on 10 mins Gary Redman was again denied by a good save by Jak Wells.
A minute later and again Shields were indebted to keeper Jak Wells; Stokesley attacked down the right flank and Alex Caisley played the ball into the path of Michael Lee and he raced towards goal but his shot was superbly saved by Jak Wells.
On the ¼ hour Stokesley were awarded a free kick that was sent into the box by Matthew Robinson to Alex Caisley but again Jak Wells was on hand to make a good save.
On 20 mins Shields created their first opportunity but Stephen Ramsey’s shot was deflected for a corner and the resulting corner was cleared by the Stokesley defence.
On 25 mins Stokesley again threatened the Shields goal; Michael Lee collected the ball on the left, he outpaced his marker before crossing the ball for Greg Upton but his shot was well saved by Jak Wells.
As the game approached the half hour mark Craig Watson won the ball in the centre of the park and played the ball into the path of Adam Burnicle but he fired his shot wide of the upright.
Shields began to dominate the play and on 32 mins Colin White sent the ball towards Stephen Ramsey and he headed the ball over the Stokesley defence for Adam Burnicle to run onto; Burnicle controlled the ball before rounding the keeper and firing into the empty net.
The goal gave Shields the lift they needed and they maintained the pressure on the visitors defence but were unable to break through until the closing minutes of the half; Colin White collected the ball on the bye line before crossing o David Bulman but he fired his shot well wide and the sides went into the break with Shields a goal to the good.
The visitors started the second half on the front foot and within a minute of the restart Harry Taylor sent a cross into the Shields box and Ryan Bennions got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball into the Shields to restore parity.
Shields responded well and again pressed forward David Bulman collected the ball on the left, he turned past his marker before playing the ball to Adam Burnicle; Burnicle in turn beat his man before playing the ball back to Bulman but his shot flew wide of the post.
On the hour Shields were awarded a free kick on the angle of the box following a foul on David Bulman; Kyle Houshby curled the ball round the defensive wall towards goal but he was denied by a finger tap save by Hodgson. The resulting corner was taken by Houshby and he found Luke Richardson in the centre of the box but he headed over the bar.
On 70 mins Stokesley again broke forward, as Michael Lee played the ball into the path of Andrew Lambert, Lambert controlled the ball before firing a shot at goal that was well saved by Jak Wells.
This was to be the last clear opportunity for some time as neither side was able to create any clear goal scoring chances.
As the game entered the closing minutes Shields pressed forward and second half substitute Dan Hindmarsh collected the ball inside the Stokesley box, he took a touch before firing a shot at goal that Hodgson saved with his outstretched foot; the ball fell for Hindmarsh again and at the second attempt he made no mistake to give Shields the lead and they held on to claim all three points.
Shields are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to Washington for an Ebac Northern League 2 encounter.