South Shields are firmly still in hunt

The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Neil McGowan

SOUTH Shields re­in­forced their pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials with a de­served win.

They wasted no time in open­ing the scor­ing, David Foley tak­ing a pass from Craig Bax­ter to score from the edge of the area.

Bas­ford’s main first half threat came from Dan Cre­aney who twice went close with head­ers, but they found it hard to make in­roads.

Dil­lon Morse scored the vis­i­tor’s sec­ond on 28 min­utes, get­ting on to the end of a long cross.

Shields had the ball in the net again early in the sec­ond half but the whis­tle was blown for a foul.

Bas­ford then got on top with­out cre­at­ing any real chances.

South Shields re­sponded and on 58 min­utes Blair Adams beat the off­side trap but was de­nied by an ex­cel­lent save from Saul Deeney, who then bril­liantly de­nied Bax­ter.

The in­tro­duc­tion of sub­sti­tute Nat Wat­son inspired Bas­ford, who put the vis­i­tors un­der late pres­sure, forc­ing a series of cor­ners.

Wat­son shot wide and then saw his ef­fort de­flected over, Liam Bate­man then was inches away from a cross.

In added time South Shields broke away and Gavin Cog­don sealed the vic­tory with a low shot from the right into the cor­ner of the net.

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