South Shields Reserves continue impressive Wearside League start
South Shields Reserves made it four Wearside League wins out of six on Monday with an impressive 3-2 victory over Sunderland West End.
The Mariners had to show plenty of battling qualities at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground after twice falling behind, with a superb second half response sealing the three points.
The first half was more difficult for Shields, with West End starting brightly.
Mariners goalkeeper Curtis Richardson did well to keep out an early effort from David Keithley, while at the other end, James Wilson’s long-range strike was kept out.
The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes when a through ball found Kieron Martin on the inside-right of the box, and he slotted it home.
However, Shields did not let their heads drop, and equalised immediately from the kick-off as Matthew Davidson squeezed a pass through for Olly Martin, who rolled the ball back and beat his man with some great skill before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper.
The hosts were unable to build on that, and within two minutes West End were back in front again when a deflected shot from Jordan Cook looped in the air and bounced in.
They could have gone further ahead before half-time, but Richardson in the Shields goal did brilliantly to keep out efforts from Kyle Young and Martin.
Davidson almost restored parity three minutes before half-time, with Jonny Bainbridge spraying a ball out wide and Martin delivering the cross, but he hit his effort just over.
In the second half, Shields started well, and they were level on 57 minutes when Davidson beat his man on the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross which Nathan Sinclair headed in at the back post.
Both sides had chances after that, with Young for West End and Davidson for Shields going close, but it was the home team who took the lead for the first time on 66 minutes.
This time Jack Donaghy was the supplier as his low cross from the right was bundled into the net by Harry Simpson.
Ewan Simpson had an opportunity to wrap up the three points, but hit an effort over, while West End were reduced to 10 men late on when Martin deliberately stamped on Davidson.
The Mariners held on for another three impressive points as they moved up to fourth in the Wearside League.
They are again in action at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground, against Harton and Westoe, on Wednesday, with kick-off at 6.30pm.
SOUTH SHIELDS RESERVES: Richardson, Bainbridge, Sinclair, H Simpson, E Simpson, Marsden, Martin (Dixon 73), Crutwell (c), Donaghy (Hope 80), Davidson, Wilson (Whelan 46). Subs not used: Brown, Hudson.
Goals: Martin (26), Sinclair (57), H Simpson (66).