South Shields turned in a five-star performance as they beat neighbours Hebburn Town in a seven-goal thriller on Tuesday.
In difficult conditions at Mariners Park, Martyn Coleman scored a brace on his Shields debut to help them into the quarter-finals of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
Robert Briggs was also on target twice, while Mechack Kanda added the fifth as he scored his first goal for the club.
However, Shields – who were missing the suspended Julio Arca and Leepaul Scroggins – did not have it all their own way, with Hebburn producing a spirited performance.
The Hornets started the stronger of the two teams, and almost went ahead early on when Shields goalkeeper Gareth Young parried a cross from Scott Wallace, and the rebound from Marc Costello was excellently blocked.
On six minutes, Scott Oliver’s side did take the lead when a cross from the left by Lee McMahon caught out Young at his near post as it caught the wind.
It handed McMahon a goal against his former club, and just two minutes later, he almost added a second when Young kept out his effort.
Seconds earlier, Hebburn had hit the bar, with Shields having to weather a storm in the rainy conditions.
The longer the game went on, though, the more the hosts wrestled control, with Coleman particularly impressive on his debut following his arrival from Penrith.
A shot from the striker almost deceived visiting goalkeeper Phil Holgate, who pushed the ball out to Briggs, and his effort was blocked.
Coleman threatened again when he twisted and turned outside the box before firing wide, before Briggs dragged the Mariners level on 20 minutes.
Lewis Teasdale teed him up 25 yards out, and Briggs hammered the ball into the bottom corner, with the goalkeeper unmoved.
Both sides continued to create chances, with Daryll Hall heading a decent opportunity over, while at the other end, only a tremendous last-ditch tackle by Ibby Hassan prevented Glen Hargrave having a free run on goal.
A crowd of 477 was present at Mariners Park, despite the awful conditions, and they saw Briggs go close on the half-hour mark as Holgate pushed out his effort from the edge of the box.
Coleman also went close with a header as Holgate just prevented it crossing the line, while Michael Turner’s shot was blocked.
Four minutes before the break, Coleman got off the mark for his new club when a header forward from Hassan put him through on the inside-right channel, and he raced through on goal before firing low past Holgate.
On the stroke of half-time, Callum Smith volleyed over for Hebburn, and after the break, the conditions became ever more difficult in the mud.
Briggs almost put Shields 3-1 ahead when his corner from the left struck the bar, bounced up and then hit the woodwork again.
However, Hebburn were still in the game, and proved that by pulling back on level terms when Wallace pulled the ball back to Smith six yards out and he fired home.
Shields showed good character by responding almost immediately.
Briggs teased in a low cross from the left which hit the post, and the ball came out to Coleman, who ruthlessly powered in the rebound.
The Mariners went about sealing their place in the last eight, but Teasdale saw a shot tremendously cleared off the line before Phillips headed wide.
As Shields pressed for a fourth, Coleman almost caught out the goalkeeper at the near post, and Holgate then brilliantly kept out a snap-shot from substitute David Foley with one hand.
Briggs virtually sealed the home win when Kanda created an opportunity for him from the right, and the midfielder then danced past a defender before hitting into the bottom corner.
Kanda got on the scoresheet himself eight minutes before the end. Coleman held the ball up superbly on the halfway line to start the Shields attack, and the ball eventually found its way to Kanda, who fired low into the opposite corner.
Towards the end, Coleman went close to claiming his hat-trick, but the ball caught up in the mud as he looked set to run through on goal, while his cross-shot from the right was well kept out by Holgate.
One of the last actions of the game was a shot over from Hargrave, but the Mariners had already sealed their passage into the quarter-finals by then.
Shields will travel to Billingham Synthonia in the next round, while tomorrow, they are due to host North Shields in the League Cup.
Hebburn, meanwhile, host Darlington RA on Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Young, Carson, Turner, Hall (c), Hassan, Smith, Sakr (Foley 55), Briggs, Coleman, Teasdale (Riding 69), Phillips (Kanda 75). Subs not used: Pocklington, Ramsey.
Goals: Briggs (20, 79), Coleman (41, 65), Kanda (82).
HEBBURN TOWN: Holgate, Malley, Wallace, Pegram, Christopher Smith (c), Summers, Callum Smith, Costello, McMahon, Hargrave, Feasey. Subs (from): Hubery, Downey, North, Talbot.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
Goals from Robert Briggs, Leepaul Scroggins and Warren Byrne sealed another win for South Shields on Saturday.
The trio were on target in the 3-1 friendly win over Bedlington Terriers at Temple Park Centre.
The game was arranged following the postponement of Friday’s FA Vase tie between the Mariners and Morpeth Town at Consett.
Above are highlights from the match against Bedlington, which saw Shields beat another Ebac Northern League Division One opponent.
VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
South Shields continued their winning form on Saturday as they got the better of Bedlington Terriers at Temple Park Centre.
The Mariners struck twice in the first 10 minutes of the friendly, with Robert Briggs and Leepaul Scroggins both heading in from Wayne Phillips corners.
Bedlington pulled one back a minute before the end of the first half, but Shields continued to have the better of the play.
Warren Byrne wrapped things up in stoppage time with a goal of superb quality as he curled home from 25 yards to send the crowd of about 200 home happy.
The match was arranged following the postponement of Friday’s FA Vase third round tie with Morpeth Town at Consett.
Shields immediately made their intentions clear against their Ebac Northern League Division One opponents as they went on a number of early attacks.
Lewis Teasdale had a shot blocked and Phillips was also denied by a defender after being slid in by Briggs.
In the eighth minute, the deadlock was broken when Phillips’ impressive in-swinging corner from the right was bounced into the air and then headed in by Briggs from close range.
Almost immediately, the Mariners went on the attack again, and won a corner which Phillips again took.
This set-piece was similar, with Phillips swinging it towards the back post, where captain Scroggins was on hand to nod it home.
At that stage, it just seemed to be a matter of how many Shields would score, and a dangerous Adam Sakr cross was just cut out before Teasdale headed wide.
Teasdale then took aim from almost the halfway line, and his superb effort narrowly cleared the crossbar.
The Mariners continued to press home their dominance. Teasdale and Scroggins missed the target with headers, and at the other end, Ibby Hassan was on hand to make a last-ditch tackle when Bedlington threatened to pull a goal back.
Teasdale put the ball in the net on the half-hour mark as he volleyed past the goalkeeper, but his effort was ruled out for a foul by Briggs in the build-up.
Sakr was the next to be denied as he tricked his way in from the left before unleashing a shot which the goalkeeper did well to palm away.
Against the run of play, the Terriers gained a foothold in the match a minute before half-time when Marc Dummett – brother of Newcastle United left-back Paul – curled in a corner from the right which was bundled in by Danny Capewell.
At half-time, Shields made six changes, with John Grey among those brought on as he made his first appearance in claret and blue since joining from North Shields.
He was immediately at the heart of the action, although not in the way he would have wanted.
Bedlington started the second half brightly, with Mariners substitute goalkeeper Gareth Young keeping out a free-kick before the ball was recycled and played back into the box. An overhead kick was attempted, but the ball was missed and Grey took a blow to the head from a high Terriers boot.
The left-back received treatment from Shields physio Andy Morris and was able to play the rest of the game, but afterwards felt dazed and was taken to hospital as a precaution. He is fine, having had very mild concussion.
Despite Bedlington’s decent start after the break, the Mariners took control of the game again, with Paul Kane having several efforts saved, and Hassan striking the bottom of the post from 25 yards.
Briggs also clipped an effort narrowly wide, while Byrne curled one just past the post.
The visiting goalkeeper also denied the striker as he looked set to be kept off the scoresheet.
However, true to form, Byrne did not allow that to be the case.
A minute into stoppage time, he received the ball on his left foot 20 yards out on the left. He slowly worked it onto his right before curling into the top corner majestically to cap off a fine afternoon’s work from the Mariners.
They will hope to return to competitive action on Tuesday, with the FA Vase tie with Morpeth scheduled for a 7.45pm kick-off at Consett.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington (Young 46), Carson, Turner (Grey 46), Hassan (Turner 67), Riding, Smith, Sakr (Bulford 56), Scroggins (c) (Wightman 46), Teasdale (Byrne 46), Briggs (Heptinstall 74), Phillips (Kane 46).
Goals: Briggs (8), Scroggins (10), Byrne (90+1).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.