Teenage debutant Will Jenkins was among the scorers as South Shields progressed to the second round of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old netted the Mariners’ second goal after Lee Mason had given them the lead early in the second half.
Jenkins was one of three Academy talents who made their debut at Kingsley Park, with Sam Hodgson and Mathew Wade making their senior bows as substitutes.
They helped see Shields through to the second round of a competition they last won in 2017.
Full report to follow.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Coombe, Baxter (Wade 79), Charlton, Turnbull, Morse (Brown 56), Wokoma, Thurston, Briggs (c), Mason (Hodgson 56), Jenkins, Odelusi. Subs not used: Boney, Gilchrist.
Goals: Mason (51), Jenkins (63).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.
South Shields’ Durham Challenge Cup trip to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion will take place on Wednesday, October 23.
The first round tie at Kingsley Park will kick-off at 7.30pm and will see the clubs come up against each other for the first time since March 2016, when the Mariners won 4-0 at Ryton with goals from John Grey, Stephen Ramsey, Julio Arca and David Foley.
That victory helped Shields on their way to winning the Northern League Division Two title – the first of three consecutive league championships and promotions secured by the club.
Shields reached the final of the Durham Challenge Cup last season before losing 1-0 to Shildon at the Stadium of Light, and won it in 2017, beating Billingham Synthonia in the final.
Ryton manager Tony Fawcett told the Shields Gazette that he was pleased to be drawn against the Mariners.
He said: “It’s a good draw for us and it will be good for the club.
“I think out of everyone in the cup, you want South Shields at home because they will bring the fans and they probably do that more than anyone else in the competition.
“The guys at our club work very hard and it’s a bit of a reward for them – it’s going to be a great night for our club.”
South Shields struck three late goals to complete a 4-0 victory at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion on Saturday.
The Mariners held a 1-0 lead for much of the game following John Grey’s 12th-minute opener, and had to wait until six minutes before the end for Stephen Ramsey to make the three points safe.
In stoppage time, a penalty from Julio Arca and header from David Foley added gloss to the scoreline as Shields went eight points clear at the top of Ebac Northern League Division Two.
Above are highlights from the game.
VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.