Shildon AFC Are Up To 3rd  In The League

Shildon AFC are up to 3rd in the league, with 5 games still to play, after they ground out a 1 – 0 home win in blustery conditions against Whitley Bay on Saturday 11th August 2015.

Shildon’s injury problems continued when No 5 Darren Craddock was carried off after only 5 minutes with a bad knee injury.

Kicking against the wind, Jamie Harwood headed wide early on from a corner. Then Bay’s keeper Sean McCafferty saved a Lee Scroggins free kick.

Near the break Shildon’s Paul Connor was through but his left foot shot went just over the bar.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC  0  Whitley Bay  0

Kicking with the wind, it was all Shildon in the 2nd half, with keeper McCafferty saving from Paul Connor and Carl Jones scooping the ball over the net from 6 yards out.

The Railwaymen finally scored on 76 minutes when a corner was headed in by Sam Hodgson and keeper McCafferty fumbled the ball, but the linesman gave the goal as the ball had crossed the line.

Near the end Mark Doninger’s long range effort sailed over the bar.

Final Score:  Shildon AFC  1  Whitley Bay  0

Goalscorer:  Sam Hodgson

Subs:  Scroggins for Craddock 5, Rundle for Hudson 63.

After the match Gary Forrest had nothing positive to say about the game, except to criticise the playing surface of Dean Street. He said “We cannot play football on a field like this. We nearly lost the game because of the terrible bumpy surface. It needs putting right”.

Team

1) Lewis Graham
2) James Harwood
3) Marc Ellison
4) Daniel Moore
5) Darren Craddock
6) Carl Jones
7) Mark Hudson
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Billy Greulich-Smith
10) Paul Connor
11) Mark Doninger

Subs

12) Adam Rundle on for Hudson
14) Jack Taylor
15) Jason Blackburn on for Doninger
16) Lee Chapman
17) Lee Scroggins on for Craddock

Man-of-The-Match