Jon Shaw scored his first goal in a South Shields shirt as the Mariners continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Bedlington Terriers on Tuesday.
After falling behind early on, Shields got themselves into a winning position, but the hosts hit back in the second half as things ended all square.
With the game coming just 48 hours after the Raydale Cup final defeat to Queen of the South, 10 changes were made to the Shields line-up, with four trialists included from the start.
Early on, it looked like they could be in for a tough evening against a Bedlington side which will be looking to bounce back to Northern League Division One next season after being relegated last time out.
The Terriers took the lead on 11 minutes as a pass to the inside-right of the box split the Shields defence, and Jon Wright fired low into the net.
The Mariners responded immediately, and were level soon after when a trialist slotted a ball through to Shaw, who made no mistake from the inside-left of the box, hitting it low across goal and in.
From then, Shields looked more comfortable as they started to dominate possession.
Shaw headed wide after a fine cross from the right, while Ben Riding almost gave his side the lead when his shot squirmed under the home goalkeeper, who managed to bring the ball back under control as it trickled towards the line.
Shields’ spell of pressure was rewarded 13 minutes before half-time when Riding sent a tremendous ball over the top for one of the trialists, who controlled it well before sending in a low shot which had too much for the goalkeeper.
Two minutes before the break, the visitors went agonisingly close to extending their lead, but this time another trialist rattled an effort against the crossbar.
A number of changes were made in the second half, and the home side drew level on the hour mark after capitalising on a mix-up at the back.
Bedlington were improved at this stage, and almost went ahead when a flowing move led to a shot being smashed against the bar.
Both teams had chances in the closing stages, but the closest either came to claiming a winner was when substitutes Robert Briggs and Stephen Ramsey combined for Shields, with the latter hitting an effort off the post.
The Mariners will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Whitby Town for a 3pm kick-off.
A 49-seat coach is going to the game, which will include the Shields players and management. There are places available for supporters, costing £15 each, and they can be bought by calling 0191 454 7800 or visiting Mariners Park.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Trialist, Trialist (Galpin 55), Riding (Storey 63), Carson (Baxter 71), Morse (Trialist 53), Trialist (Wade 57), Trialist (Ramsey 77), Scroggins (c) (Briggs 57), Shaw (Byrne 71), Trialist (Teasdale 61), Phillips.
Goals: Shaw (14), Trialist (32).
South Shields’ pre-season schedule has become clearer after six friendlies were announced ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
All of the games are subject to change, while there are more friendlies awaiting confirmation.
All those currently scheduled are away fixtures, beginning with a match at Bedlington Terriers on Tuesday, July 12.
Shields will travel to take on Ibby Hassan’s former club, Whitby Town, on Saturday, July 16, before making the short trip to Hebburn Town on Monday, July 18.
The Mariners will then face David Palmer’s ex-side, Seaham Red Star, on Friday, July 22.
A further game is scheduled at Crook Town on Tuesday, July 26, with the traditional Sam Bartram Memorial Cup match at Boldon CA taking place on Saturday, July 30.
South Shields secured a second friendly win in as many weeks on Saturday as they defeated Bedlington Terriers 3-1.
Goals from Robert Briggs, Leepaul Scroggins and Warren Byrne sealed the victory at Temple Park Centre.
It followed a win by the same scoreline against West Allotment Celtic a week earlier.
Below is a slideshow of images from the game, captured by Peter Talbot. The full set can be viewed here: In Pictures – South Shields 3-1 Bedlington Terriers
Created with flickr slideshow.