The club can confirm that midfielder David Palmer has decided to rejoin former club Seaham Red Star.

Palmer, who moved from Seaham to Mariners Park in the summer, scored four times in 14 appearances for Shields.

However, after Red Star made a seven-day approach for his services, the 27-year-old expressed a desire to make the move.

The club would like to thank David for his efforts and wish him all the very best for the future.

South Shields returned to winning ways on Tuesday with a confidence-boosting 4-1 victory at West Auckland Town.

Carl Finnigan was on target twice while David Palmer and Robert Briggs also netted in the win over the league’s bottom-placed side.

Shields were without the likes of Julio Arca, Jon Shaw, David Foley and Craig Baxter, but did not let their absence affect them too much.

They were up against a West side still smarting from a 9-0 loss at Washington on Saturday, which resulted in the departure of manager Andy Campbell.

Shields quickly got on top of them, with a David Carson effort saved early on.

The visitors found the breakthrough in the 16th minute as Palmer slid a ball through for Finnigan, who swept it into the bottom corner.

Within eight minutes, the Mariners’ lead was doubled when Carson curled a cracking effort off the bar and Shields kept the ball alive. Eventually, it was worked to Palmer, who hit across the goalkeeper and in off the post.

Within moments, Danny Carson almost added his name to the scoresheet, but he was denied by a superb close range save from home goalkeeper David Knight.

Shields kept West out well, with the Mariners strong defensively. Danny Carson made one fine tackle to stop a home attack.

Three minutes before half-time, the Mariners added a third goal when they were correctly awarded a penalty for handball.

Finnigan made no mistake from the spot as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

After the break, Shields continued where they had left off, and Knight made an incredible save on the goal line to deny Dillon Morse.

Finnigan also had a great chance to seal his hat-trick as he was played in on goal, but he could only shoot over.

Teenager Ewan Simpson was brought on after 55 minutes after being promoted from the reserves side.

The 18-year-old performed superbly at left-back after replacing the injured Louis Storey.

The hosts secured an unlikely route back into the game when Darren Richardson turned in a cross from the right.

However, they never appeared likely to truly threaten a comeback, with Simpson stopping their only meaningful attack with a fine block.

Briggs sealed the points once and for all with nine minutes left as he curled a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner from 25 yards.

Warren Byrne came closest to making it five after being brought on, but the ball eventually ran away from him after he successfully closed down the goalkeeper.

Shields remain top of the table, and take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to Esh Winning in the FA Vase.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Carmichael, Smith, Danny Carson, David Carson, Morse, Storey (Simpson 55), Palmer, Scroggins (c) (Byrne 84), Finnigan (Ramsey 78), Briggs, Phillips. Subs not used: Connell, Cogdon.

Goals: Finnigan (16, pen 43), Palmer (24), Briggs (81).

Attendance: 310.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.

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.