South Shields were in fine form against Hebburn Town on Tuesday as the Mariners ran out comfortable 4-0 victors.

Goals from Darius Osei, Joao Gomes and Jack Watson, as well as an own goal, saw Shields brush their opponents aside as they continued to build momentum going into the new season.

Ntumba Massanka looked to make something happen early in the game as he drove into the Hebburn box, but his effort was blocked well.

Massanka was at the heart of the attack again as he beat his man with a great piece of skill and laid the ball to Osei, but his strike went over.

It wasn’t long before Shields’ early pressure paid off. Osei latched onto a loose backpass, showed great composure to round the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into an empty net.

James McGeorge caused all sorts of problems in the first half, and nearly grabbed a goal. Massanka played the midfielder through, but he dragged his effort just wide.

Moments later, Gomes made it two. A floated cross to the back post by Jordan Hunter found Gomes, who took a touch and fired home.

Shields began to turn on the style as a sequence of passes carved Hebburn open, but Gomes couldn’t quite convert at the end of it.

McGeorge played a sensational ball through to Will Jenkins, who found a way through on goal, but his shot was well saved.

Just after the restart, Massanka slipped Gomes in one-on-one, but a great save denied the young forward a second.

It didn’t take long until the Mariners added a third. A whipped corner was miscued by defender Wayne Phillips and he headed into his own net.

Will McGowan made a great block moments later as the ball looked to be heading for the top corner.

Shields nearly made it four as Sam Hodgson attempted to catch the goalkeeper out at the near post, but his strike was tipped wide.

Just as the full-time whistle was about to blow, the Mariners found their fourth, through fortunate circumstances. McGowan tried his luck from the edge of the area, but the effort hit the back of Watson and wrong-footed the goalkeeper.

Two friendlies remain before the season opener against Stalybridge Celtic, with the Mariners welcoming Pontefract Collieries and Dunston to 1st Cloud Arena.

Shields: Boney, Hunter (Lukeman 62), Broadbent, Bodenham (Marriott 62), Doherty (Watson 62), Briggs (c) (Smith 62), Jenkins (McGowan 62), McGeorge (Woods 62), Osei (Heaney 62), Gomes (Mottley-Henry 62), Massanka (Hodgson 62).

Goals: Osei, Gomes, own goal, Watson.

Attendance: 890.

Image: Ian Kelsey.

South Shields make the short journey to Hebburn Town on Tuesday for their final away match of pre-season (7pm kick-off).

The Mariners defeated Scarborough Athletic 1-0 on Saturday to make it three friendly wins from five, and will now complete their preparations for the campaign with a trio of matches against sides from the Pitching In Northern Premier League East Division.

The first of those tests will see them come up against Hebburn, who finished 13th in their first season at that level last time out.

Former Shildon boss Daniel Moore has since been appointed as manager of the Hornets, who will be eyeing a climb up the table in 2022-23.

Their efforts to do so have been bolstered by the summer arrivals of former Shields midfielders Wayne Phillips and Will McCamley, with ex-Mariners Danny Carson and Olly Martin also part of the Hebburn squad.

Hebburn have displayed impressive form in pre-season so far, with an eye-catching 1-0 win over Gateshead the highlight within a run of four victories and two draws from their six fixtures.

Team news

JJ Hooper (hamstring), Dillon Morse (groin), Cedric Main (knee) and Callum Ross (knee) remain unavailable for the match.

Information for supporters

Kick-off at the Green Energy Sports Ground – which has a post code of NE31 1UN – is at 7pm.

Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under-16s.

The South Drive turnstile, located next to the car park at the ground, will accept card and cash payments.

The club is pleased to announce seven pre-season friendly matches in preparation for the 2022-23 campaign.

Kevin Phillips and his coaches and players will begin pre-season training before kicking off their fixture programme with a trip to the Scottish border to take on Lowland League side Berwick Rangers on Saturday, July 9th.

Next up will be League Two opposition at 1st Cloud Arena, with Barrow to visit South Tyneside for the club’s first home friendly on Saturday, July 16th.

The Mariners will also take on several North East neighbours during pre-season, the first of which will involve a visit to Northern League outfit Ashington on Tuesday, July 19th.

Scarborough Athletic provide the next opponents, with the National League North new boys to travel to 1st Cloud Arena on Saturday, July 23rd.

Pitching In Northern Premier League East side Hebburn Town will host Shields on Tuesday, July 26th before the Mariners come up against another high-flying team from that division, Shildon, at home four days later.

The club hopes to announce a further pre-season fixture on Tuesday, August 2nd before completing their set of friendlies with a home match against Dunston on Saturday, August 6th.

Tickets and admission details for all of the above games will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

The new league season is due to kick-off on Saturday, August 13th.

Here is a recap of the confirmed pre-season fixtures to date:

Saturday, July 9th: Berwick Rangers (A), 2pm kick-off

Saturday, July 16th: Barrow (H), TBC kick-off time

Tuesday, July 19th: Ashington (A), 7.30pm kick-off

Saturday, July 23rd: Scarborough Athletic (H), 3pm kick-off

Tuesday, July 26th: Hebburn Town (A), 7pm kick-off

Saturday, July 30th: Shildon (H), 3pm kick-off

Saturday, August 6th: Dunston (H), 3pm kick-off