Published on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Shildon AFC travelled to top of the league North Shields FC on Saturday 11th March and came away empty handed, but cannot complain after suffering a 3 – 0 defeat.
Shields were the better side and got off to a flying start after just four minutes when a free kick from the right along the ground fooled everyone, hitting the far post and rebounding to Ryan Carr for an easy tap in.
Shildon came more into the game as it progressed but even with all their possession they hardly troubled former keeper, Kyle Hayes in the North Shields goal.
He was only called upon once in the first half, on 39 minutes, when a Lewis Wing shot was pushed away for a corner.
Two minutes earlier, Shildon’s Stephen Capper had headed off the line to prevent the home side from increasing their lead.
Shildon’s dominance of possession continued in the second half but the Shields defence was solid.
Just after the hour Shildon’s Dan Groves conceded a free kick and Curtis Coppen rose highest at the back post to give Shields some breathing space and Shildon a mountain to climb.
With two minutes remaining, Shields put the result beyond doubt when a right wing corner from Michael McKeown found Coppen who bulleted another header for his second goal of the game.
Shields were tall and strong in defence and sharper than Shildon up front but there was no real passion from the Railwaymen.
The Robins have now won their last 14 league games in a row and have a 14 point lead in the title race over their local rivals South Shields, who have four games in hand and are on a 23-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, Shildon Chairman, David Dent has confirmed that manager, Daniel Moore has signed an extended three-year contract at the club.
Mr Dent said: “I am delighted to confirm that Dan has signed a deal which gives him some security and the club some continuity as we seek to build a squad which will challenge for honours at whatever level we compete at over the next three years and beyond.”
In a wide-ranging statement, Mr Dent also confirmed that the club is set to invest heavily in developing Dean Street, including the building of a new stand and a new clubhouse, and has appealed to the town to get behind the club’s ambitious plans: “All of this work establishes our infrastructure which is vitally important to creating a sustainable community club,” he said.
“These developments will cost us in the region of £250,000 and we need the support of everyone to make them happen.
“I’m really confident about the future and I look forward to the birth of a new era of growing both the club and the team”.
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