The club can confirm defender Danny Carson has decided to leave with immediate effect.

We would like to thank Danny for his efforts over the last 12 months, and wish him all the best for the future.

South Shields produced an excellent team performance as they hit Chester-le-Street Town for six to move further up the early Northern League Division One table.

The Mariners were dominant in every department, and secured three welcome points with goals from Jon Shaw (2), Carl Finnigan, David Palmer, Danny Carson and Robert Briggs.

Shields were up against a side which was promoted with them from Northern League Division Two last season, and quickly gained control of the game.

David Foley hit a low shot wide and Shaw saw a header saved by home goalkeeper Jack Wilson in the early stages.

Jon King’s side suffered a blow when Foley was forced off with an injury in the eighth minute, but he was replaced by Finnigan, who made a terrific impact on his debut for the club.

Within six minutes of his introduction, the former Falkirk, Gateshead and Township Rollers forward went agonisingly close when he struck a powerful effort which hit the crossbar and narrowly bounced the wrong side of the line, according to the officials.

Louis Storey headed a Palmer cross wide soon after, but Shields did not have to wait too long for their opener.

The impressive Danny Carson picked up the ball on the left flank, and he floated a superb delivery into the box which Shaw met with a trademark header as he got in front of his marker to nod home.

The Mariners had almost exclusive possession of the ball, and Finnigan had two opportunities before Shaw added a second on 36 minutes.

It arrived thanks to some terrific work by Palmer as he drove forward from the left and then slotted a ball through for Barrie Smith, whose low cross from the right was turned in by Shaw.

Within a minute, it was 3-0, with Danny Carson spraying a ball over the top which Finnigan latched on to, and he brought it under control before superbly dinking it over the goalkeeper.

By that time, it was threatening to become a rout, with Shields in ruthless form.

Four minutes before half-time, Chester-le-Street gave it away at the back and Julio Arca latched onto it, taking it around the goalkeeper before pulling the ball back for Palmer, who made no mistake as he slotted it into the bottom corner for the latest goal.

Smith and debutant Ben Clark – who was assured and dominant at the back – both had chances before the break, and Shields picked up where they left off in the second half.

Eventually, they were rewarded with goal number five when substitute Warren Byrne hit an effort against the post, and Danny Carson gratefully rifled in the rebound to claim a deserved goal.

Substitute Briggs got in on the act with 11 minutes remaining as he hit an impressive left-foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after some good one-touch play.

A morale-boosting and entertaining victory had long since been secured, and Shields will look to build on their performance when they travel to Penrith on Monday for a 2pm kick-off.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Carmichael, Smith, Arca (Byrne 62), Storey, Clark, Danny Carson, David Carson (Briggs 51), Scroggins (c), Shaw, Palmer, Foley (Finnigan 8). Subs not used: Elliott, Baxter.

Goals: Shaw (17, 36), Finnigan (37), Palmer (41), Danny Carson (71), Briggs (79).

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

South Shields FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Danny Carson from Jarrow Roofing.

Carson 3The 26-year-old, who is most adept as a centre-back but can also play in midfield, has also played for Darlington and Boldon CA in the past.

He has opted to make the move across South Tyneside after negotiations with Shields manager Jon King, and has expressed his excitement at the challenge ahead.

He said: “South Shields has always been a big club, and there are exciting times here now. The players are all more than good enough to do well in the First Division, never mind the Second.

“It was a tough one to leave Jarrow Roofing, as I had been there for a long time.

Carson 4“I had to weigh up my options, and I decided that this was my best one.

“Jon has given me a fantastic opportunity to come to a club with lots of ambition, and it’s a challenge I’m very excited about.”

Danny has been to watch Shields at Mariners Park this season, and was impressed with what he saw.

He added: “I’ve been impressed from afar with what has been going on at the club.

“I’ve been to a couple of games this season, and couldn’t not be impressed.

“It’s not just about the team and what they’re doing on the pitch. It’s everything around the club which seems to be on the up.

“The gates Shields have been getting have been amazing, and I’m really looking forward to playing at Mariners Park.”

Carson 2The club is hopeful Danny will be able to make his debut in Saturday’s Ebac Northern League Division Two match against Alnwick Town at Mariners Park.

Manager Jon King added: “Danny is a fantastic signing for us. I’ve tried to sign him at least twice in the past, the most recent of which was four or five years ago.

“It has always been difficult to persuade him to leave Jarrow Roofing, but I think the ambition of the club has swung it this time.

“What has been going on here, on and off the pitch, seems to have made his mind up.

Carson 5“He’s a proven player in the First Division and is still young, with his best years ahead of him.

“He’s from South Tyneside as well, so he’s another player who ticks all the boxes for us. I’ve always tried to get the best local talent in, and he’s certainly one of those.”

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGES: Peter Talbot.