South Shields hit double figures in a thumping Durham Challenge Cup win over West Auckland Tunns on Tuesday.

Carl Finnigan scored five in an 11-0 win over the Wearside League side at Mariners Park.

Ben Harmison struck two goals while Lee Mason and Daniel Wright also got on the scoresheet, before Michael Colquhoun and Callum Guy capped things off with their first senior goals.

Shields went into the match as heavy favourites and comfortably lived up to that billing.

Finnigan opened the scoring after just three minutes as he flicked the ball home after a ball across the area from Harmison.

He doubled the lead soon after when Wright got in on the left of the area and sent an excellent pass across the face of goal, where Finnigan tapped it in.

Mason had an effort saved and Finnigan smashed a shot from distance against the crossbar as Shields maintained the pressure.

It was 3-0 in the 15th minute as Harmison received the ball on the left of the box before lashing a brilliant effort into the opposite corner.

There were numerous other opportunities before Finnigan completed his hat-trick, curling a wonderful shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

He scored again on the half-hour mark after rounding the goalkeeper and finishing coolly.

Finnigan could have had his fourth before half-time, but his header from a Nathan Lowe cross struck the post.

Lowe was making his debut for the Mariners after signing on Saturday, and was impressive in the centre of midfield.

Mason scored the sixth on 54 minutes after wriggling through a number of challenges before picking out the top corner.

Wright was next on the scoresheet with a terrific effort from the edge of the box which found the roof of the net as he scored his first goal for the club.

Colquhoun scored his first senior goal after converting a penalty late on, before Guy got in on the act by squeezing an effort in off the post.

Both of the academy players were superb after coming on as substitute and pressed their claims well for further first-team calls.

Finnigan and Harmison each scored again in the closing stages from close range as the Mariners completed a resounding victory.

They are back in action on Saturday as they host North Ferriby United in the FA Trophy.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Lister, Biwer (Guy 21), Lough, Brown (Colquhoun 59), Patterson, Ross, Wright, Lowe, Harmison, Finnigan (c), Mason (Scott 55). Subs not used: Armstrong, Judson.

Goals: Finnigan (3, 10, 28, 30, 88), Harmison (15, 90), Mason (54), Wright (67), Colquhoun (pen 81), Guy (86).

Attendance: 511.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.

South Shields could hand a debut to new signing Nathan Lowe when they host Wearside League side West Auckland Tunns in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

Lowe has been registered in time to be named in the squad for the 7.30pm kick-off at Mariners Park.

Should he be selected, the former FC United of Manchester and Southport player is expected to line up alongside a mixture of youth and experience.

Admission prices are £5 for adults, £2 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

Shields won the competition two seasons ago and lost on penalties at the quarter-final stage against Hartlepool United last time out.

Joint manager Lee Picton is calling on his team to build on Saturday’s 1-0 win against Gainsborough Trinity, with Tuesday’s game to be followed by an FA Trophy tie against North Ferriby United on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve talked about building on the really good things we did in Saturday’s game and trying to establish a bit of momentum as a side.

“If we put back-to-back wins together going into the FA Trophy game, that can only be a good thing.

“We’ll be shuffling the pack and bringing people in who need some game-time, but at the same time it will be an exercise in hopefully building confidence as well.

“We’ve got to apply ourselves in the right way in the game, otherwise it could have the opposite effect for us.

“We’ve got to make sure we stay on an upward trend.”

South Shields squad (from): Cameron Armstrong, Dan Lister, Ethan Biwer, Gary Brown, Darren Lough, Jordan Patterson, Olly Scott, Callum Guy, Bailey Judson, Nathan Lowe, Karl Ross, Daniel Wright, Michael Colquhoun, Carl Finnigan, Ben Harmison, Lee Mason.

Adults will be able to watch next Tuesday’s Durham Challenge Cup tie between South Shields and West Auckland Tunns for as little as £5.

Shields are taking on the Wearside League side in the first round of the competition at Mariners Park.

Admission prices will be £5 for adults, £2 for students and over-65s, and £1 for under-16s.

This is not an all-ticket match, but tickets will be on sale from 12pm on Wednesday online and in-person. In-person sales will be between 12pm and 5pm on weekdays.

Season ticket holders with a seat in the main stand will be able to secure their seats in advance of the game.

All turnstiles will accept cash on matchday. The game will kick-off at 7.30pm.