Shildon returned to the top of the league with a hard fought 1-0 win over Penrith at Dean Street.

Top marksman, Paul Connor scored the vital winner just 26 seconds into the second half, converting Ben Wood’s low cross.

Two excellent saves by Lewis Graham were complimented by Joshua Richardson’s saves in the opposite goal and Shildon survived a near miss at the end to hold out for an excellent, and important win on a heavy surface.

The win means it will be a Happy New Year for all at Shildon as they close out 2013 and begin 2014 at the top of the Northern League’s Division One.

Photos of today’s game are courtesy of Tom Clegg.