Stephen Ramsey hits double for South Shields – and is then sent off

CELEBRATION ... Ramsey is congratulated after his first goal.
CELEBRATION ... Ramsey is congratulated after his first goal.

LONG-SERVING striker Stephen Ramsey scored a double and was later sent off as South Shields battled to a 2-1 win at Esh Winning yesterday.

The 25-year-old struck his 75th and 76th goals for the Mariners to put them in a commanding position, but they came under late pressure when he was sent off for two bookings.

The visitors looked threatening when they went forward, and they converted their first clear-cut opportunity of the game just after the half-hour mark.

Barrie Smith chased down a ball into the right channel before dribbling past his man and sending in an inch-perfect cross which Ramsey nodded home from four yards.

Aron Burn and Ben Riding both had glorious chances to make it 2-0 before half-time, with the latter heading wide from six yards from a free-kick.

Ramsey stabbed an effort over the bar eight minutes into the second half before Ryan Bolam almost extended the Shields advantage on the hour mark when his curled free-kick was pushed out by Caris.

Paul Basey had a huge opportunity to level as Esh countered, but after the ball broke for him in front of goal, he could only poke it wide.

Ramsey looked to have sealed the points for the away side on 73 minutes when Riding’s long throw was flicked on to the striker, who brilliantly flicked the ball over his head and into the opposite corner.

Shields goalkeeper Steven Hubery did well to deny Basey soon after, before Ramsey was shown his first yellow card for kicking the ball away.

Esh got a goal back five minutes before the end when Luke Thompson headed home from a corner.

Soon after the kick-off, Ramsey was dismissed for a second yellow, this time for a foul on the right.

Shields came under some late pressure, but Hubery smothered a stoppage time shot as they held onto the win.