Mariners’ Daryll Hall targets 20 straight wins – and ‘then we’ll go again’

Daryll Hall celebrates Shields' FA Vase win at Consett. Picture by Peter Talbot
Daryll Hall celebrates Shields' FA Vase win at Consett. Picture by Peter Talbot

Daryll Hall has set his sights on helping South Shields reach the mark of 20 consecutive victories following their latest success on Tuesday.

The Mariners made it 18 wins in a row as they beat Northern League Division One side Consett 1-0 after extra-time in the FA Vase.

The remarkable winning run was put under threat by Consett, who missed two glorious opportunities to score the opening goal.

However, with Hall leading the way from the back, the Mariners held out for a clean sheet and secured progression in the Vase with an Adam Sakr goal.

Confidence in the Shields camp is flowing, and Hall is confident the winning run can continue for some time yet.

The defender said: “We just want to keep the run going. Let’s get to 20, and then go again. Let’s just keep winning.

“It would obviously be nice to keep it going for a long time, but if we get to 20 that would be a massive achievement, and then we could look to see where we go from there.

“We had to dig deep to beat Consett and it was a massive effort, but we did what we needed to do and the best side won, in my opinion.

“I’m not bothered who we play, because on our day, and with the squad we’ve got, I think we can beat anybody.”

Shields will take on Morpeth Town at Mariners Park in the next round of the FA Vase on December 12, when the first-placed sides in Divisions Two and One go head-to-head.

Consett were the Mariners’ third Division One scalp in the competition so far.

Assistant manager Gary Middleton said: “It was a fantastic result, and I thought the lads were terrific.

“Consett are a top team, and we knew there wouldn’t be much in it, but, fortunately, we took our chance to put us into the next round.

“We stayed patient, because we knew we didn’t have to win it on the night. If we took them back to South Shields, I’d have fancied us to beat them there.”

Shields were backed by several hundred supporters at Belle View on Tuesday, and their vocal backing for the team was rewarded by the dramatic extra-time winner.

Away fans – including those from the Simonside branch of the club’s supporters – congregated in the stand near the halfway line.

Middleton added: “The support was superb again. They never stopped singing, and that gave the lads a boost right the way through.

“The fans had their own little shed end on the halfway line, and were heard all night.

“We went over to them at the end, and they were great scenes.

“The lads appreciated them, and the crowd appreciated the performance, so we’ve got a really good bond at the moment.”

Shields are back in action on Saturday as they host Crook Town in Northern League Division Two.

Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm.