Blair Adams had a birthday to remember as his first career hat-trick helped South Shields to a thumping Emirates FA Cup victory over Garforth Town on Saturday.

Shields won 5-1 at Mariners Park as Adams stole the headlines on the day David Foley made his second debut for the club.

Adams scored three goals in just six minutes either side of half-time to ease the Mariners’ passage into the second qualifying round, with Gavin Cogdon and Matty Pattison also on target.

Joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton made no changes to the Shields team which started Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic, with new signing Foley named among the substitutes.

The hosts produced free-flowing football for much of the match and were dominant in all areas.

They went close in the fifth minute when a swinging free-kick from the left by Josh Gillies bounced in a dangerous area and just evaded a touch from Jon Shaw.

Shields were getting plenty of joy in the early stages, particularly down the left.

Garforth fought gallantly to keep the game goalless and were indebted to goalkeeper Toby Wells in the 13th minute when he brilliantly kicked away a 10-yard effort by Gillies after good work by Pattison and Adams for Shields.

Wells produced another good save to keep out a shot from the edge of the area by Pattison, and parried another effort from the South African soon after. The ball rebounded to Cogdon, who danced round Wells before firing an effort which was brilliantly cleared off the line by the head of defender Aodhan Brownlee.

The pressure was building and Shields were playing some terrific football, but Wells would not be beaten.

Gillies let fly from 25 yards and the ball was destined to find the roof of the net before Wells pushed it over.

Cogdon headed a decent chance wide after good play by Gillies on the inside-right of the box as Shields continued to show patience in their pursuit of a breakthrough.

It finally arrived with 34 minutes on the clock when Gillies found a way through with a defence-splitting pass and Cogdon made a reverse run before firing low past Wells, finding the corner.

That was the cue for the floodgates to open.

Gillies went agonsingly close to doubling the Mariners’ advantage when his effort from the left of the box arrowed against the foot of the post before bouncing clear.

Four minutes before half-time, Shields did go 2-0 up as a Robert Briggs shot rebounded to Adams, who sent a stunning half-volley into the corner of the net from 25 yards.

Less than two minutes later, Adams was on the scoresheet again as he exchanged passes with Gillies and motored into the box before stroking the ball home in composed style.

It was the first time he had scored more than one goal in a game in his career and remarkably, he completed a six-minute hat-trick just after half-time.

This time Briggs was the provider as he prodded the ball through to him on the inside-left of the box, and a quality low finish from the left-back made it a birthday he will never forget.

The four-goal advantage gave Picton and Fenton the ideal opportunity to introduce Foley for his second Shields debut, less than two days after completing his move from Spennymoor Town.

He received a rapturous reception as he replaced Cogdon on 55 minutes.

Pattison had a shot deflected just past the post before Shields made it five when Adams’ teasing ball in from the left was flicked on by Gillies before being turned in by Pattison at the back post. Pattison collided with the post when scoring but was able to continue, despite initial discomfort.

The Mariners had a number of opportunities to make the scoreline even more emphatic.

Gillies and Dillon Morse were both denied from close range by Wells, who could only watch as Briggs headed a Gillies corner just over the crossbar.

Foley then went within inches of marking his debut with a goal when he was played in on the inside-right of the box and struck an effort which bounced off the post.

Against the run of play, Garforth pulled one back when after a ricochet from a corner, the ball hit substitute Curtly Martin-Wyatt and nestled in the net.

Shields goalkeeper Liam Connell saved from Devonte Morton soon after but Shields were quickly back in the ascendancy.

Dan Wright almost added a sixth when he flicked the ball past his marker before being brilliantly denied by Wells, while Jon Shaw had two opportunities with headers, the first of which was saved by Wells and the second went wide.

It was a comfortable afternoon for a rampant Shields as they earned their place in Monday’s second qualifying round draw.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter, Adams (Lough 71), Shaw (c), Morse, Turnbull, Mouanda (Wright 61), Briggs, Cogdon (Foley 55), Pattison, Gillies. Subs not used: Lister, Hunter, Thompson, McCamley.

Goals: Cogdon (34), Adams (41, 43, 47), Pattison (63).

Attendance: 1,148.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

South Shields FC are delighted to announce the signing of Blair Adams.

The former Sunderland, Coventry City and Notts County left-back had been without a club since leaving Hartlepool United at the end of last season.

He has trained and played for his hometown club throughout pre-season, and has now put pen to paper.

The 26-year-old, who can also play on the left side of midfield, has needed little introduction to life at Mariners Park, having regularly attended games over recent seasons, including the FA Vase final at Wembley in 2017.

Adams is excited about the challenge ahead with the Mariners.

He said: “I’m delighted to have signed.

“I’ve been here throughout pre-season and the two managers have been patient in allowing me to come in and get a feel of the place.

“The environment which is provided here made it an easy decision, really.

“The last couple of seasons have been quite tough for me and this is a club on the up.

“We’re in this division but want to be pushing higher and I want to be part of that.”

Adams started his career with Sunderland, and won two caps for England’s Under-20s during his time on the books at the Stadium of Light.

He had loan spells with Brentford, Northampton Town and Coventry City before completing a permanent move to Coventry in 2013, becoming a regular for the Sky Blues in League One.

Spells at Notts County, Mansfield Town, Cambridge United and Hamilton Academical followed before he spent last season in the National League with Hartlepool.

Adams came on as a substitute in last season’s FA Cup tie between Shields and Pools, and that occasion made him even more excited about joining his hometown club.

He added: “I was disappointed not to start on the day but I was just coming back from a groin injury.

“It was good to get on and get about 35 minutes.

“It was a great atmosphere and that day showed the potential of this club.

“It made me a little bit more comfortable coming in for this pre-season, having already played here.”

South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We have had to be patient to get this deal done and we are absolutely over the moon that Blair has decided to put pen to paper.

“We feel it’s a massive coup for the club to attract a player of Blair’s quality and we’re looking forward to working with him over the next few years.

“He provides us with real potency going forward from full-back and his defensive awareness and skills are also really strong, and he can also play high and wide.

“He’s an all-round fantastic player for the level we’re playing at.

“We already know he is the right character and we know how much he wants to win and do well for the club, especially with him being a local lad.

“You can tell that this is a project for him – he wants to do as well as possible for the club to help us progress through the leagues.”