SOUTH Shields’ revival suffered a setback on Saturday as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Heaton Stannington at Grounsell Park.
The Mariners went in to the game on the back of four wins in five games, but were deservedly beaten by Northern League Division Two’s sixth-placed side.
Heaton started the game on the front foot, but Shields battled their way into it, and Lee Maitland’s shot went narrowly over on the quarter-hour mark.
The hosts responded instantly, and Gianpaolo Campania’s corner was fired into Gary Yates, who was denied by a fine save by Niki Lawson.
Within a minute, the Shields defence was under pressure again as Lewis Burns found Richard Hoggins, but again Lawson was on hand to tip the shot round the post.
The Heaton pressure brought reward on 27 minutes when Joseph Wear’s free-kick fell to Yates in the box, and his shot bounced over the head of Lawson to give the hosts the advantage.
The Mariners were deservedly beaten by Northern League Division Two’s sixth-placed side.
Spurred on by the opening goal, they again pressed forward, and Lawson kept the score at 1-0 as he stopped Burns’ header.
As the game approached half-time, an innocuous challenge by Michael Turner was deemed a foul by the referee, and Heaton were awarded a penalty.
Brian Dodsworth, who had just been brought on as a substitute, picked the ball up, and with his first touch of the game he fired the home side two goals to the good.
Shields responded instantly, and only a flying save by Daniel Rule prevented Maitland from reducing the arrears.
On the hour, Burns again tormented the Shields defence and slipped the ball to Ben Telford with the goal at his mercy, but his shot was deflected over the bar after a superb block by Turner.
Heaton clinched their victory on 67 minutes when a mix-up in the Mariners defence gave Telford the simplest of tasks to tap in from close range.
Ryan Bailey hit the post late on for the hosts, but they had done enough to secure a comfortable 3-0 win.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Lawson, Rue (Roberts 62), Turner, Locke, Burn, Riding, Smith (Fixot 70), Maitland, Talbot, Kane (Kempster 75), Renshaw. Subs not used: Feasey, Hubery.