There was late drama for loan duo Dillon Morse and Blair Adams as Gateshead snatched a 1-0 victory against Guiseley in National League North on Saturday.
Macaulay Langstaff struck the only goal in second half stoppage time as Morse and Adams marked their debuts for the Heed with all three points and a clean sheet.
The pair are on a month-long loan at the International Stadium while coronavirus restrictions continue to prevent South Shields from playing matches or training together.
Morse was rewarded for his display with the man of the match award as Gateshead moved up to 10th in the National League North table.
The defender told Gateshead’s official website afterwards: “It’s a perfect debut for me.
“First and foremost, you want the lads to get the three points.
“Anything on top of that is a bonus, so I’m delighted.
“All of the lads were brilliant today – me and Blair were struggling for fitness so they’ve helped us massively.
“We’ve played once since the start of November so we were lacking some sharpness, but I’m just buzzing to be back on a football pitch at the end of the day.”
Defenders Blair Adams and Dillon Morse have joined Gateshead on month-long loan deals from South Shields.
With the Pitching In Northern Premier League season currently suspended until at least March 6th and Government restrictions prohibiting the Mariners from training together, the decision has been made to allow both players to depart temporarily.
National League North side Gateshead are currently permitted to train and play, meaning Adams and Morse will be given an opportunity to compete for game-time over the next month.
Both players remain a firm part of the club’s long-term plans. We wish them both well for their spell at the International Stadium and look forward to seeing them back in Shields colours at the earliest opportunity.
Robert Briggs has been appointed as South Shields’ captain.
The midfielder takes the armband from Jon Shaw, who will continue as a key member of the playing squad but has passed on his captaincy responsibilities after taking the role of joint assistant manager. Blair Adams has been named vice-captain.
Briggs is the longest-serving player in the Mariners’ squad, having made 279 appearances across two spells at the club.
The 28-year-old’s current stint began in August 2015 and he has since been part of three promotion campaigns and six trophy wins.
As Shields prepare to kick-off a new era under the sole management of Graham Fenton, with Shaw and Brian Smith his assistants, Briggs has told of his pride after being entrusted with the armband.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the chance to become captain of the club.
“It’s a great honour for me and there have been some incredible captains in the past, including Leepaul Scroggins, Barrie Smith, Julio Arca and Shawsy.
“I appreciate the faith shown in me by Graham, Jon and Bri, and my aim doesn’t change because I’m now captain.
“Everything is still the same in the sense of trying to be successful at the club and getting the club as far up the football pyramid as possible.
“It’s great to have Blair as vice-captain as well because he is a tremendous player and a big part of the dressing room.
“Again, for me and him the goals don’t change.
“Winning every game we play in is the target.”
Joint assistant manager Jon Shaw said: “After a conversation with Fents and Bri, we’ve decided that with my new added responsibilities as joint assistant manager it’s the right time to pass over the captain’s armband.
“The natural progression from vice-captain and the right man for the job is Briggsy.
“He already acts like a leader in the changing room, on the training pitch and on game day with his performances.
“I’ll be proud to follow him out of the tunnel and I’m sure the lads will be happy with him leading them, which he has done so well on many occasions already.”
Vice-captain Blair Adams said: “I’m proud to have been named vice-captain and it has made me even more excited for the season to be back up and running.
“The squad is ready to go and we are determined to make this a successful season.”