Shildon manager Gary Forrest believes that the Railwaymen’s defence is the platform for success after they beat fellow Ebac Northern League First Division title challengers North Shields 2-0 at Dean Street on Saturday
The Railwaymen have improved their defence this season, and Forrest said; “We’ve kept nine clean sheets in the league this season, and at any level of football that takes some doing. We looked solid against Shields, and that’s thanks to the central defensive pairing of Carl Jones and Gary Brown.
“They’re playing well together, and throwing themselves in front of everything. All the other players have the same attitude, and that is a good foundation.” (more…)
September is always a busy month in the football calendar, with no shortage of games to attend and a climate which is still conducive to good pitches and, occasionally, shirt sleeves. It’s also when you get a decent feel for how the season is likely to progress, especially for the local teams you see most often. Accordingly, I haven’t felt the need to venture too far off a well-trodden path of late. So, with travel costs kept to a minimum, this is the story of my Northern League adventures over the past four weeks. (more…)
League newcomers Washington swept an abject Shildon aside in a one sided affair at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex. Shildon were out-thought, out-manoeuvred out-fought and out of sorts as a physical and pacy Washington took no notice of the title-favourites tag of their visitors.
It didn’t help Shildon’s cause that their third choice keeper, Jake Johnson, who was the only one available to them on the night, was forced to play while injured, but while injury may have prevented him from leaving his line at times, there was no excuse for the back four to leave two Washington players unmarked for their third and fourth goals.
Shildon manager Gary Forrest says that the Railwaymen’s visit to Morpeth Town on Wednesday could have a big bearing on the destiny of the Ebac Northern League First Division title after they beat Whitley Bay 1-0 at Dean Street on Saturday
Patched-up Shildon have five games remaining and need to win them all to lift their first title for seventy years, otherwise Marske United will almost certainly become champions. (more…)
Northern League celebrate seventh consecutive FA Vase final
The EBAC Northern League are celebrating after North Shields made it seven FA Vase Finals in a row that have seen a league side represented.
The Robins saw off Highworth Town with a 3-0 aggregate win in the semi final and join the likes of West Auckland Town, Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS as Northern League representatives to make it to Wembley.
The list is:
2008/09 – Whitley Bay 2-0 Glossop North End
2009/10 – Whitley Bay 6-1 Wroxham
2010/11 – Whitley Bay 3-2 Coalville Town
2011/12 – Dunston UTS 2-0 West Auckland Town
2012/13 – Spennymoor Town 2-1 Tunbridge Wells
2013/14 – Sholing 1-0 West Auckland Town