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Conway claims Shields' winner; HOCKEY.

NORTH Shields Firsts boosted their North Hockey League promotion hopes with a 3-2 victory over Wilton Firsts.

The North Tynesiders struggled to get going for the first 20 minutes and it was the Teessiders who struck first.

Shields then pulled one back through Adam Lough's reverse-stick strike.

Wilton again took the lead from a penalty flick before Glen Bertenshaw equalised as his push across the D was deflected into the goal by a Wilton stick.

With the score at 2-2 at half-time it was still all to play for.

Shields came out far stronger and dominated, but clear-cut chances were few and far between.

That was until Kieran Conway found himself with the ball in the D and a yard of space and he swept the ball home.

Shields were deserved winners but must look to gain momentum from the games ahead if they are to see off the competition and guarantee promotion.

Defender Booth was solid at the back, while Bell ran tirelessly up front for Shields.

However it was goalkeeper Sanderson who took the man-of-thematch plaudits for a superb first-half display.

North Shields Seconds crashed 4-0 to Newcastle University Fourths.

The thirds, however, earned a 2-2 draw in a competitive derby with Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

At half-time Shields were 2-0 down with 10 men and their captain nursing a bad injury.

However, this galvanised Shields and, with only minutes remaining, they capitalised on a mid-field opportunity and the resultant cross was converted by Yellowley to pull a goal back.

Then, with the very last touch of the game, Yellowley doubled his tally with a tap-in.

NORTH Shields are looking for more players. Contact David Yellowley or Michelle Heron at www.northshieldsshc.co.uk if you are interested.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2014
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