South Shields Ladies returned to winning ways on Sunday as the Mariners defeated Farsley Celtic 4-1 at Harton Welfare.

A brace from Sophie White and a goal apiece from Alex Miller and Caitlin Bates saw Shields take all three points in what was a dominant victory.

The hosts started brightly and had the first chance of the game with only two minutes on the clock. Bates’ mazy run opened up space for a shot, but she fired straight at the goalkeeper. Annece Legg then tried her luck from distance, but the goalkeeper matched the effort once again.

Eve Gatens showed a great bit of skill to nutmeg her marker on the turn and found herself one-on-one. Her strike was inches away from giving Shields the lead, but the angle was just too tight.

Bates then had another opportunity to fire the Mariners into the lead when a brilliant cross by Gatens found the forward, but the goalkeeper somehow denied her from point-blank range and cleared the danger.

It was one-way traffic for the majority of the first-half, and Becki McMahon forced another fantastic save. A first-time effort from distance made the goalkeeper scramble across her line, and she somehow clawed the ball away.

Shields finally found the breakthrough when Bates held the ball up inside the Farsley box and cut it across to White, who poked into an empty net to give her side a well-deserved lead.

Despite facing large periods of pressure, Farsley equalised moments later as a well-struck free-kick found its way into the bottom corner, out of the reach of Scarlett Gowans.

Just on the stroke of half-time, Bates was inches away from restoring Shields’ lead. A dipping effort from the edge of the box struck the bar and went away from danger.

The Mariners picked up where they left off after the break as Gatens tried an audacious half-volley from distance, but the goalkeeper palmed the strike away for a corner.

It wasn’t long before Shields were back ahead, and they were good value for it. Bates turned her defender inside the area and squeezed the ball into the near post from a tight angle.

Seconds after the restart, Gatens nearly made it three. Her powerful effort was just the wrong side of the post, but the Mariners were keeping the tempo and pressure high.

Moments later, Shields did make it three. A brilliantly weighted floated free-kick by Megan Archbold found Alex Miller, who rose highest at the back post and powered a header into the far corner.

Only a minute after the restart, White made it two for her on the day and four for Shields. A scramble inside the box fell for White, who reacted well and tapped the ball home to give her team a comfortable three-goal lead.

As Shields looked to see out the remainder of the game, Legg was shown a red card, but the Mariners still comfortably secured the three points.

Head coach Ben Garrity said: “Overall, I thought it was another very good performance.

“In the first half we lacked a bit of intensity and tempo to our game, but we still created a lot of chances, which shows what the girls are capable of.

“Full credit to Farsley though, in the way they set up and the conditions of the game, as they made it very hard for us to play our football.

“At half-time I asked the girls to play with more urgency, more intensity and more tempo to our whole game.

“The lasses listened and the second half was totally different. I can’t remember Farsley having a chance in the second half, which shows how good they are when they play at the right intensity.

“As I said, overall it was another very good and promising performance which puts us in good spirits for our next big game this Sunday against Harrogate.”

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South Shields Ladies were held to a draw by Ossett United at 1st Cloud Arena on Sunday.

Goals from Caitlin Bates and Gabby Pedersen saw the Mariners take the lead twice, but their Yorkshire visitors pegged them back on both occasions to take a share of the spoils.

Shields enjoyed most of the opening proceedings and had the first chance of the game, as Bates hit the outside of the post.

However, Bates did fire the Mariners into an early lead when she showed great composure to take the ball around the goalkeeper and fire into an empty net.

Ossett United brought the scores level shortly afterwards. A speculative effort from the edge of the area hit the inside of the post and into the net, giving Scarlett Gowans no chance.

Shields ramped up the pressure after that as they attempted to go ahead for a second time. Eve Gatens weaved her way through the Ossett defence before seeing her cross blocked and from the resulting corner, Bates flashed a volley narrowly wide.

Gatens had a great chance to give Shields the lead. She controlled Sophie White’s pass brilliantly before firing her effort past the wrong side of the post.

Moments after the interval, Gowans made a brilliant save to keep the scores level. Ossett worked a one-on-one chance, but Gowans parried the ball to safety.

Shields took the lead again midway through the second half through Pedersen. A dangerous corner by Gatens found Monica Innes, whose header towards goal was diverted into the net by Pedersen.

The Mariners looked to capitalise on their pressure as Gatens found space on the edge of the area, but her effort skimmed the bar on its way over as the hosts’ advantage remained at one goal.

The visitors came close to equalising as a forward took the ball around Gowans, but Alex Miller did well to get her body in the way and clear the danger.

Ossett had another chance moments later. A well-hit free-kick hit the underside of the bar and somehow stayed out.

Their pressure did finally pay off as with a leveller when a break through the centre saw a clear sight on goal, and a powerful effort gave Gowans no chance as the teams took home a point apiece.

After the game, Shields head coach Ben Garrity said: “It was a great experience for the lasses to play at 1st Cloud Arena.

“We were unlucky not to come away with a victory as we had the better chances on the day, but we have to move forward and prepare for next week.

“There were spells when Ossett had us on the back foot but I thought we did well to keep our shape and stay disciplined.”