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South Shields
L Mason (12'), N Lowe (56'), R Briggs (68' Pen), J Gillies (78')
Full time
C Tinnion (85')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 1,501

Farewell to 2018


Farewell to 2018 which for Reds and their supporters has been a punishing year we quickly want to forget.

Although there was no shame attached to this latest defeat against the potential champions, the statistics don’t lie and a dramatic turnaround is required in the first four months of the New Year to avert the real threat of relegation.

Patched-up Workington actually gave a good account of themselves against a powerful Shields outfit only to be done by three second half goals which may be filed in the ‘jammy’ category.

Already trailing to a twelfth minute strike from Lee Mason, and Reds’ defending was poor on that occasion, the second half goals emphasised that the top teams certainly don’t need a helping hand in that facet of the game.

We have to work for every goal we get but too many of those conceded have a slap-stick look about them.

The second, doubling Shields lead in the fifty-seventh minute, came via a soft free kick. Nathan Lowe was in charge of the set piece and the shot was certainly on target until deflecting off Jordan Holt and wrong-footing Aaran Taylor.

Then we had another dubious penalty awarded against us after sixty eight minutes, Josh Calvert adjudged to have tripped the lively David Foley, when the referee made one of his rare mistakes of the afternoon by pointing to the spot. Robert Briggs confidently converted.

And the fourth twelve minutes from time was just bizarre. Niall Cowperthwaite’s ballooned clearance looped back towards his own-goal and Taylor opted not to catch the ball. It bounced awkwardly when he tried to control it with his feet and the alert Josh Gillies dispossessed him and converted.

Reds’ moments in comparison were snatched-at, near-miss opportunities although Sheldon Mossop did find the back of the net only to be ruled offside and Sean Paterson squandered a golden opportunity when he placed the ball wide when clean through.

But the consolation goal five minutes from time was worth waiting for with Conor Tinnion, a rival for Foley as man-of-the-match, weaving his way in from the right flank and shooting from the edge of the box leaving Liam Connell helpless.

Shields almost grabbed a fifth just before the end when Gary Brown’s shot rattled the crossbar
Lee Andrews was full of praise for his threadbare squad, seven of whom were unavailable for one reason or another, and said, “The score flatters them and after scoring first and enjoying plenty of possession, they didn’t create too much and there wasn’t a lot in it. We made a tactical switch at half time, started the second period well but the deflected free kick has taken the wind out of our sails.”

It was unlikely Workington were going to dent The Mariners 100% home record which makes the opening two fixtures of 2019, both winnable, even more crucial.

South Shields Connell, Baxter, Lough, Shaw (Brown, 74), Morse, Turnbull (Guy, 74), Foley, Briggs, Mason, Finnigan (Gillies, 68), Lowe. Substitute – Adams (not used).

Workington Taylor, Cowperthwaite, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Paterson, Holt, Maguire (Hubbold, 46), Allison, Joel (Mossop, 73), Tinnion. Substitute – Harker (not used).

Referee Martin Conroy, Durham

Attendance 1501

Conor Tinnion

Player of the Match

Conor Tinnion

Key moments

Goal Lee Mason scores for South Shields
Goal Nathan Lowe scores for South Shields
Scored Penalty Robert Briggs scores a penalty for South Shields
Goal Josh Gillies scores for South Shields
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington

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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Tinnion is awarded player of the match for Workington
85:00 Goal 4 - 1
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
78:00 Goal 4 - 0
Josh Gillies scores for South Shields
73:00 Sub On
Sheldon Mossop is substituted on for Workington
73:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
68:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Robert Briggs scores a penalty for South Shields
56:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Lowe scores for South Shields
46:00 Sub On
Brad Hubbold is substituted on for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
Kieran Maguire is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lee Mason scores for South Shields
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • South Shields
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Lee Mason Goal 12:00'
  • Brad Hubbold Sub On 46:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub Off 46:00'
  • Nathan Lowe Goal 56:00'
  • Robert Briggs Scored Penalty 68:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Sub On 73:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 73:00'
  • Josh Gillies Goal 78:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 85:00'

Team selection

South Shields
  • 1. Liam Connell
  • 2. Craig Baxter
  • 3. Darren Lough
  • 4. Jon Shaw
  • 5. Dillon Morse
  • 6. Phil Turnbull
  • 7. David Foley
  • 8. Robert Briggs
  • 9. Lee Mason
  • 10. Carl Finnigan
  • 11. Nathan Lowe
  • 12. Gary Brown
  • 14. Blair Adams
  • 15. Callum Guy
  • 16. Josh Gillies

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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