By Daniel Prince

South Shields forward David Molloy is set to be out of action for at least a month with an ankle injury.

Molloy, who has scored eight goals so far this season, was forced off 20 minutes into Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Norton and Stockton Ancients at Peterlee.

He is now expected to miss at least four weeks of action, which manager Jon King has described as a “massive blow”.

He said: “Losing David for a month is a massive blow for us.

“I spoke to him on Saturday night, and he said his ankle had swelled right up.

“He had the same injury a couple of years ago and he seems to think he might be out for a bit longer, but hopefully he’ll be back in a month.”

Shields will also be without striker Stephen Ramsey soon after he picked up a red card in Saturday’s defeat.

He is expected to be handed a three-match suspension.

After Thursday night’s training session, South Shields’ players and staff voted for the worst trainer of the week.

Following an open goal miss from less than a yard out, there was only ever going to be one winner…David Molloy. Watch the video above.

David Molloy has been named South Shields’ Player of the Month for September.

Above, he is pictured with Kathleen Butterfield, office manageress of club sponsors Shaun Matthias, being presented with a bottle of champagne for his achievement.

The forward has enjoyed an impressive start to the season since joining the Mariners in the summer.

The 28-year-old has scored eight times so far, and three of those goals came in September.

Molloy netted in the Ebac Northern League Division Two victories over Tow Law Town (5-0), Brandon United (5-3) and Northallerton Town (5-3) in September, and also helped Shields to wins over Chester-le-Street Town (1-0) in the league, and Willington (1-0) in the FA Vase.