South Shields Reserves suffered an agonising 4-3 defeat to Harton and Westoe in the Wearside League as the hosts launched a late comeback on Friday.
The Mariners fell behind within the first three minutes, but battled back against the wind to equalise with an excellent strike from David Conroy which kissed the post before going in.
Shields deservedly went in front before half-time as they took advantage of their good possession, with Siy Choudhury racing through on goal before finishing well.
Harton and Westoe got back on level terms early in the second half as a free-kick from the left was headed in, but Shields showed good character, and an excellent finish from Logan Powell – pictured – looked to have got them in the driving seat.
The home side battled back in the closing stages, though, equalising in the 82nd minute before a stoppage time winner condemned the Mariners to a second consecutive defeat.
Leepaul Scroggins’ side will look to bounce back next Saturday when they travel to Wolviston in the Wearside League.
IMAGE: Kev Wilson.
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.
By Daniel Prince
Former South Shields youngster Logan Powell has joined Scottish second tier club Queen of the South.
Logan, who played for the Mariners’ Under-18s side last season, has signed a two-year deal with the Dumfries-based outfit.
As well as playing for the young Mariners, Logan was a regular at first-team training sessions last season.
The speedy striker, who turned 17 last month, made his senior debut for Shields in March against Alnwick Town at Peterlee after impressing manager Jon King in training.
He will now get the opportunity to impress in the professional game, and will immediately link up with Queen of the South’s reserves and Under-20s squads.
Commenting on the move, Logan said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get up there.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and this is my first step towards having a full-time career in football.
“Hopefully this will be the start of something big, and the start of me becoming a professional footballer.
“I got great experience last season playing with the South Shields first-team and training with them most weeks.
“That brought me on quite a lot as a player, and I’m very grateful for what the club did for me and the other youngsters last season.
“I’d like to pay particular thanks to Kevin Bolam, who coached me at Under-18 level for Shields, and first-team manager Jon King for guiding me through junior football to senior football.”
Everyone at the club wishes Logan every success for the future.