Lights, camera, action...South Shields pass screen test with FA Cup win over Bridlington

Gavin Cogdon celebrates the third goal
Gavin Cogdon celebrates the third goal

South Shields booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with an entertaining win in front of the BBC cameras today.

Shields defeated Bridlington Town 3-1 in front of more than 1,400 fans at Mariners Park.

They took a deserved lead into half-time when Luke Sullivan turned in an Anthony Callaghan cross.

The breakthrough came after a number of near misses, including one occasion when a Bridlington defender's clearance hit his own post.

The Mariners started the second half slowly, and were made to pay when a deflected strike by Benn Lewis found the corner.

Matty Pattison restored the Shields advantage on 70 minutes with a superb strike as he whipped the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

Gavin Cogdon was introduced from the bench as he made his first appearance since returning from holiday, and hit the post near the end.

Bridlington pushed for an equaliser in stoppage time and sent goalkeeper James Hitchcock forward for a free-kick.

However, Shields cleared and countered down the right with Jamie Holmes, who found Alex Nicholson and he squared it for Cogdon, who wrapped it up.

The Mariners now await the draw for the first qualifying round.