Hon­ours even against league lead­ers

Sunday Sun - - Football - Stu­art Dick

SOUTH Shields wore a spe­cial 130th an­niver­sary kit away at Nantwich Town, but only man­aged to take home a point from The Weaver Sta­dium in a goal­less tie.

Nantwich al­most spoiled the party early on as they were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute – goal­keeper Liam Con­nell bring­ing down Cal­lum Saun­ders in the box.

Danny Glover stepped up, but blasted it over the cross­bar.

South Shields looked to pounce seven min­utes into the sec­ond half with Nathan Lowe whip­ping a cor­ner in, but Dil­lon Morse’s fine con­nec­tion with his head could only find the side net­ting.

Con­nell may have given away the ear­lier penalty, but he was back to the res­cue for the Mariners in the early stages of the sec­ond half – mak­ing a su­perb save to keep out Sean Cooke’s 30-yard rocket.

Jon Shaw al­most had South Shields in front with a header on 67 min­utes from sub­sti­tute Josh Gillies’ cor­ner, but ‘keeper Will Jaaske­lainen was on hand to save. Gillies fired an­other tremen- dous cross into the box a few min­utes later, but no one was able to add the fin­ish­ing touch.

The fi­nal 15 min­utes brought a bar­rage of end-to-end at­tacks, but nei­ther team could cap­i­talise.

David Fo­ley al­most net­ted for the visitors in the last minute of the added four, but cap­tain Joel Stair pres­sured just enough to have the striker fire into the side net­ting. The re­sult sees South Shields re­main in sev­enth in the Evostik Pre­mier Divi­son, with Nantwich at the top of the ta­ble.

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