BOTH South Shields and Jarrow Roofing slipped to 1-0 defeats at the weekend, but it was the latter’s which could prove most costly.
Roofing are still in the relegation zone after their loss at Whitley Bay, though Penrith’s defeat at the weekend slightly softened the blow.
Only a brilliant save by goalkeeper Josh Carmichael kept Roofing on level terms early on as he denied Bay’s Jarrow-born hotshot Lee Kerr, whose fierce shot looked a goal all the way.
Whitley kept up the pressure and Craig McFarlane fired wide, but the only goal came in the 76th minute. Chris Reid and Chris Fawcett played in Paul Robinson who beat Carmichael from 10 yards.
Just before the end, defender Michael Hedley went close to an equaliser for Roofing, but the defeat ensured Richie McLoughlin’s side remained in the bottom three on goal difference with time running out.
Shields, meanwhile, were disappointed not to pick up anything from their trip to Shildon.
The visitors started slowly and were punished on 15 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty following a challenge by defender Lee Bell in the box.
The spot kick was eventually put away by Wood into the bottom right-hand corner of Jonny Ball’s net.
Shields’s best chance of the first half came on 24 minutes when midfielder Seb Anzevui struck a long-range effort that was well saved by Keith Finch in the Shildon goal.
A half of limited opportunities came to a close with Shildon having the lead, but the second period was all Shields as they searched for an equaliser.
On 63 minutes, following some excellent play by the Mariners to create a chance for winger David Colvin, he hit a left-foot drive from within the box that came back off the post.
Manager Jon King rang the changes for the visitors, with midweek hat-trick hero Peter Kane replacing Stephen Ramsey and Chris Feasey coming on for Anzevui.
And it was Feasey who was to twice go closest to grabbing an equaliser.
First, Paul Talbot switched the ball from the left to Matt Soulsby who headed the ball into the box and Feasey volleyed the ball goalwards, but his attempt was well saved by Finch.
And the winger again went close for the visitors, twisting in the box before hitting a low shot, but Finch was again able to meet it.