Wayne Phillips and Warren Byrne fired South Shields to a third straight victory as they saw off Heaton Stannington 2-1 at Mariners Park last night.
Shields enjoyed the better of the Northern League Second Division game, and the first chance fell to Byrne, who powered a shot over after a pull-back from Jonny Wightman.
Adam Sakr was the next to go close after a cross-shot from the right fizzed just past the post.
Phillips was introduced on 21 minutes in place of the injured David Foley, and within five minutes, he put the Mariners ahead.
His curled free-kick from 40 yards out on the right beat everyone before nestling in the centre of the net.
Byrne went close to making it two, but he just couldn’t slide the ball in after Michael Turner’s shot across the box.
Shields had to be alert at the other end, and Ryan Beal produced a superb one-handed save to deny Dean Imray, before Jon Wright fired the rebound into the side netting.
Wright also had an effort cleared off the line, but Byrne put Shields 2-0 up on 45 minutes.
Wightman played it inside from the left for him, and the striker then turned his man inside and out before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.
In front of 279 at Mariners Park, Brian Dodsworth pulled a goal back for the visitors five minutes into the second half when he powered in a low effort from the inside right of the box.
Wright had a chance to level, but fired over, while, at the other end, Shields went close as Samuel Grieveson turned the ball narrowly past his own post.
Shields gained control of the game again, but Wright went agonisingly close to an equaliser with a minute left when he arrowed a 30 yard free-kick just wide.
The Mariners had their hearts in their mouths three minutes into stoppage time after a big penalty appeal from the visitors, but nothing was given and Shields held on for the three points.
They will go in search of a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday, when they travel to Willington’s Hall Lanr ground in their first away game of the season.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Beal, Smith, Turner, Hall, Galpin, McMahon (Chapim 66), Sakr (Melvin 74), Scroggins (c), Byrne, Wightman, Foley (Phillips 21). Subs not used: Young, Riding.
Goals: Phillips (26), Byrne (45).
l Jarrow’s Wearside League game away to Silksworth CW tonight has been postponed because there is a major fault with the electrical supply at the Sunderland club’s ground which could take a few weeks to resolve.
League secretary Kevin Harrison is making changes to the fixture list for the remainder of this month, with Silksworth and Ashbrooke Belford House affected.