Three in three for Under-9s

South Shields’ Under-9s team is celebrating after claiming their third trophy in as many years.

The young Mariners have finished as joint-champions of Division Two of the Russell Foster Youth League, with a 2-0 win in their final game enough to see them finish joint-top with Gateshead FC.

The team will now compete in Division One when the new season starts in March.

Manager Paul Robinson said: “The boys have been magnificent and are really enjoying their football.

“Going unbeaten for the whole season is a great achievement and the boys should be really proud of themselves.”

This latest success is the third in three years for the team, after previous victories in the 2012 ASAP Shutters Cup and 2013 Teamphoto Photography Cup.