Graham Stephenson was the match-winner again as South Shields Reserves made it three wins out of three on Saturday.

The Mariners beat Stokesley 3-2 in an entertaining Wearside League encounter at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground.

Stephenson – who had netted a hat-trick in the 5-2 Durham Trophy win over Wolviston a week earlier – scored the winning goal just after the hour mark as Shields climbed to 11th in the table, with games in hand on most of those above them.

They have recovered from a slow start, and now have five wins to their name from 12 league matches.

Things did not look as rosy early on against Stokesley, though, who took the lead when Ryan Rivis scored from close range following a free-kick.

Jordan Reed slotted home the equaliser for the Mariners, who then went in front on the stroke of half-time as Logan Powell ran free and beat the goalkeeper with ease.

Five minutes into the second half, Rivis equalised with his second goal of the game as he beat goalkeeper Jack Ramage from the penalty spot.

Shields were not to be denied, though, and their winner came in the 63rd minutes as Powell made a strong run from the right and his cross found Stephenson, who smashed the ball home.

The reserves face a double-header at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground later this week.

They host Coxhoe Athletic in a 7.30pm kick-off on Wednesday, and face Harton and Westoe on Friday at the same time.

Admission for both games is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions, and support would be hugely appreciated.

SSFC RESERVES: Ramage, Johnson, Wright, Howe, Simpson-McGill, Reed, D Conroy (Aleagha), Stephenson, Francois (Vickers), Powell, McKeith. Subs not used: Parkin, Moyse-Mukhtar, T Conroy.

Goals: Reed, Powell, Stephenson.

South Shields Reserves are looking to maintain their goal-den form on Saturday when they host Stokesley in the Wearside League.

The Mariners have scored 10 goals in their last two games as they continue to progress as a team after a difficult opening to the campaign.

They have won four of their 11 games in the Wearside League, and could move as high as 11th in the table if they beat 16th-placed Stokesley in Saturday’s 2.30pm kick-off.

The game is taking place at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground, and SSFC supporters who are unable to make it to the FA Trophy match on Scarborough Athletic would be warmly welcomed, with admission costing just £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Last time out, the reserves beat Wolviston 5-2 in the Durham Trophy thanks to a hat-trick from captain Graham Stephenson, as well as goals from David Conroy and Leon McKeith.

Stephenson and Conroy will be familiar names with many of the supporters who followed the club during its two years in Peterlee, with both having played regularly for the Mariners in the 2014-15 season.

McKeith, meanwhile, was recently promoted to the reserves team after impressing at Under-18 level for Shields.

In their previous game, the reserves won another entertaining encounter 5-3 against Richmond at Harton and Westoe.

Another youngster who made his debut for the SSFC first-team during the Peterlee years, Logan Powell, was among those on the scoresheet. Joining him were Jake McDermott with two, and Jordan Reed and Nathan Baddams with one each.

Just two seasons ago, South Shields against Stokesley was a first-team fixture in Northern League Division Two, but the senior sides are now three divisions apart following the Mariners’ two promotions, and Stokesley’s relegation to the Wearside League.

Stephenson actually played for the Mariners’ first-team in a 4-1 win over Stokesley in November 2014.

After Saturday, the reserves also have a home game against Coxhoe Athletic on Wednesday, with kick-off at 7.30pm. Support at both games would be hugely appreciated.

The team, of course, is managed by Leepaul Scroggins, who is assisted by David Graham, Christopher Reay and Simon Parkin. All four know the club inside-out, with Scroggins, Graham and Parkin all having had numerous successful spells with the Mariners as players, while Reay has been associated with the club for almost all of his life. His father is the club’s secretary, Philip Reay, while he has been involved as a supporter and coach for the best part of two decades.

Please show your support for them and the team if you’re able to!