SOUTH Shields conceded three first-half goals as Thornaby eased to a 3-0 win in Northern League Division Two on Saturday.
The Mariners struggled to make an impact at Teesdale Park, and Thornaby took the lead in the fifth minute as Kieran Edwards played the ball through for Daniel Lofts on the inside-right of the box, and he slotted it into the opposite corner.
Stephen Ramsey and Barrie Smith were both denied by home goalkeeper Michael Duff, while Conroy’s poked effort was also kept out by the stopper.
Shields goalkeeper Steven Hubery saved a drilled effort from Craig Ruddy soon after, while at the other end, Duff denied Ramsey after the ball broke to him in the box.
On 20 minutes, the visitors had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down. Steven Graham lofted a ball over the top for Smith, and with the midfielder’s eyes placed firmly on the ball, he appeared to be clattered to the ground by Duff.
The referee blew his whistle, with Smith lying prone on the ground after being winded, but incredibly pointed the other way, denying Shields the spot-kick.
Thornaby had the better of proceedings after that. On 24 minutes, Hubery palmed an effort from Daniel Lambert into the air, and with the ball travelling back towards goal, Chris Locke did well to clear it off the line.
The hosts did not have to wait long to go 2-0 up, though, as the ball was recycled, with Richard Walker’s excellent cross from the left nodded in by Jamie Clarke.
They grabbed their third on the stroke of half-time when Clarke’s low free-kick struck the Shields wall before trickling into the opposite corner.
Clarke had a series of chances in the second half, but his hat-trick goal continued to elude him in a frustrating second half for the Thornaby striker and his team-mates in front of goal.
Hubery made some fine saves to keep the scoreline at 3-0, while Shields’ best chance for a consolation fell to Talbot, who fired narrowly wide.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Hubery, Ward, Feasey, Locke (c), Burn, Latimer, Graham, Smith (Stephenson 74), Talbot, Ramsey, Conroy. Subs not used: Grant, Bell.